Friday, 20 March 2015

President's Message - March 2015

How bad have the garden pests and diseases been this year?

It seems that a big dry followed by a big wet provides just about perfect conditions for an all-out attack on our gardens by sundry critters, fungi, assorted bacteria and strange viruses.  Hopefully, you’ve all been able to deal effectively with the onslaught.  Here’s hoping we get a bit of break from the adverse weather so we can all get back into our gardens, preparing for our Autumn and Winter plantings and generally getting our gardens ready to make a big splash in the Spring.

Julie Worland’s talk at the March meeting no doubt helped a lot with all this by giving you some great hints and lots of up-to-date information.  It was great that Julie organised Leo McLean to talk at this meeting too. Julie also spoke about the improvement in professional peer rating that Total Gardens has  recently achieved making it one of the leading garden centres in NSW. She is extremely proud of this achievement. It reflects well on some very hard work by her dedicated team, and demonstrates the value of having strong ties within the Coffs community. Julie and Paul, and the whole team at Total    Gardens, are truly wonderful supporters of our Club, and our experience as members and gardeners would not be the same without them.  Thanks Julie, Paul and the TG Team. Thanks also to Vice President Simon for chairing this meeting in my stead.

Congratulations to Margaret Franks on becoming a North Coast garden judge.  Margaret put her hand up for this a while back and has gone through a rigorous assessment process to achieve her accreditation.  I know Margaret will do Coffs Harbour and our Club proud as she judges North Coast gardens in times to come.

Margaret is also taking on the coordination of the flower and garden competitions at the Coffs Harbour Show, with Peter Kimber continuing to look after the Pavilion as a whole.  Sincere thanks to you both for your efforts.

I know Margaret would welcome any assistance people could provide benching entries and acting as stewards during judging, and of course, she is looking forward to seeing lots of entries from members. Peter is also looking for help in the setting up and breaking down of the Pavilion.

So please think about volunteering your support for this important Club event.


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