Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

A very jolly Santa was a most welcome guest at the Coffs Garden Club's Xmas function held 10 December 2019 at the Greenhouse Tavern.

Results of the Mega Raffle:
First Prize
Ora Smyth Emerald Beach - Bushranger 36V Chainsaw and Bushranger 36V Trimmer plus Lithium 4AH Samsung Battery donated by Woolgoolga Mowers 

Second Prize
Frank Duroux, Toormina - large flower pot filled to the brim with the very latest Mr Fothergill's garden tools

Third Prize
Pat Roser, Sawtell - 'From the Ground Up' a beautifully informative book for NSW gardeners written by Linda, Sandra and Graham Ross

Xmas Raffle Winners:
Mary Booth - Wine, donated by Greenhouse Tavern
Barb Fitzgerald - Pudding & Cake
Sonja Mitchell - Plant, donated by Mary Booth
David Hunt - Wine, donated by Greenhouse Tavern
Sue Young - Xmas treats

2019 Competition Table Results:
1st - Mary Booth - $100 Bunnings Voucher
2nd - Ruth Reynolds - $70 Bunnings Voucher
3rd - Brenda Mayled - $50 Bunnings Voucher
Winner of the random draw of all entrants during the year: 
Ann Slattery - $50 Bunnings Voucher

Mary Duroux looking very pleased to accept 2nd Prize in the Mega Raffle
from Woolgoolga Mower's Steve Barnes

Patron & Life Member Pat Roser accepting her
3rd prize in the Mega Raffle from Steve Barnes, Woolgoolga Mowers
President Coffs Garden Club Margaret Hunt accepting
1st prize on behalf of Ora Smyth from Steve Barnes, Woolgoolga Mowers
We were a bit remiss with photos during the day, however thanks to Marion Watts who attended the function representing Garden Clubs of Australia as Zone Coordinator for this region.

Santa was ably assisted by (L) Geoff Bell and (R) David Hunt,
digging for a present was Jeannine Young
Vice President Margaret Crawley & Acting Secretary
Maria Bell
Some of the happy party goers
Thank you to the Greenhouse Tavern for an amazing meal and also to the organisers for this year's function. We look forward to our first meeting on 18 January 2020.

Have a happy, safe and joyful Christmas with your family and friends.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

2019 Christmas Party

A reminder that our end of year Christmas function is only a week away - Tues 10 December 2019, noon for 12:30pm at the Greenhouse Tavern, Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour.

There are some exciting events happening at this function including the prize giving for this year's Competition Table. Margaret Franks and her helpers throughout the year have done a brilliant job of judging the exhibits at our monthly meetings. Thanks to them and to all who have participated during 2019.

The Mega Raffle will also be drawn by Stephen from Woolgoolga Mowers (who donated the first prize chainsaw, hedge trimmer and battery). There are also other prizes as well in this major fundraising raffle. I have to remind everyone that ALL tickets have to be returned (even unsold ones - this is a legal requirement), so please don't forget to return your books and money please.

Our Zone Coordinator Marion Watts will be in attendance and will draw our Christmas Raffle - there are some lovely prizes in this, so don't forget to purchase your tickets on the way in. 

Also membership is due and you can pay your $15 membership on the day to our new Treasurer Geoff (he has his pencil sharpened at the ready)! 

Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members and $35 for non member guests, this is also payable to the Treasurer.  

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Flanders Poppy

Flower of the Month - November 2019

This photo was taken by CHGC Member Geoff at Pozieres, France, the site of one of the greatest battles ever fought by Australian soldiers. Over seven weeks in mid-1916, at the Battle of the Somme, and very near to where these poppies were growing, the Australian Imperial Force suffered 23,000 casualties, 6,700 of whom died.
image Sue Young

KINGDOM: Plantae

ORDER: Ranunculales

FAMILY:  Papaveraceae

GENUS:  Papaver

A favourite heirloom flower and one of the most widely recognised flowers for its significance in honouring fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It's always one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the battlefields of France, and it's commonly said to symbolise the blood of lost soldiers.

image Sue Young

A few years ago seeds were distributed far and wide by Maria Bell. If you are lucky, maybe your poppies are coming up year after year. Mine are!  Yippee

Images from Sue Young are current year's flowers.    

image Sue Young

Some further reading on why this flower was chosen for distribution among members of CHGC.

Also another link when Papaver rhoeas was flower of the month. Images from this post were supplied by then members Bob & Gaye.

Jennifer Stackhouse has written an article on Annual poppies and friends. Visit GardenDrum for this article.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

FREE Orchid Workshop


The Woolgoolga District Orchid Society's FREE orchid workshop is being Sun 10 November 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm with plant sales from 8:00am. This workshop will be held at the Woolgooga Public School, 1-11 Scarborough Street, Woolgoolga. Five internationally renowned orchid experts will be speaking throughout the day sharing their extensive knowledge on orchid growing following by a Q & A session. Bring along two of your best flowering orchid plants to be judged by popular vote; the winners receiving great prizes. Five guest speakers will also each select a plant they think worthy of a prize. Experiencing problems growing a particular orchid? Bring ti along for an opportunity to ask the experts on stage for advice. Free morning and afternoon teas. A large array of the guest speakers' orchid plants will be on sale from 8am. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage new growers, it is open to all, simply turn up. More information: Neville Anderson 6654 9081 or nevillealanah@gmail.com

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

2019 Christmas Function

It is all happening again! The 2019 Christmas Party will be held at the Greenhouse Tavern (on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Bray St). Come along at 12 for a 12:30pm start on Tuesday 10 December. 

There will be raffles, ... including the drawing of the Mega Raffle (chainsaw, hedge trimmer and battery pack is first prize and there is a pot filled brimful with goodies from the latest Mr Fothergill's tool range for second prize), a lucky door prize, a most delicious Christmas fare lunch, frivolity, and there will be presentations to the most successful entrants in this year's competition table, along with a random draw from all members who participated during the year.

Christmas, would not be Christmas if we didn't have a prezzie to open. We'll be having a Kris Kringle once again - for those who may not be completely sure just how a Kris Kringle works, it is like this. 

  • If you would like to participate, you buy a gift for someone else to the value of $10 ... you pop it into the appropriate Kris Kringle Sack when you arrive at lunch and then, like magic, Santa and her elves will later distribute presents to all who brought a present. 
  • There will be 3 sacks at the Welcome Table - Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gender Fluid. 
  • If you buy a gift that would be suitable for either a lady or a man ... you pop it into the Gender Fluid sack and when it is your turn to select a gift ... you select from the gender fluid sack. 
  • If you buy a gift that is only suitable for a lady, then you pop your gift in the Ladies' only sack and you select your gift from the Ladies' Sack. 
  • If you buy a gift that is only suitable for a gentleman, then you pop that gift into the Gentlemen Only Sack and when it is time for you to select a gift, you take it from the Gentlemen's Sack. 
  • If you are a lady and you buy a gentleman's only gift - be warned you might end up with a bottle of Californian Poppy for yourself! 

The Mega Raffle will be drawn by some rather special guests. You will have been busy selling your tickets over the last month or so and returned all the books and money to the Treasurer. This raffle was always intended to be drawn at the Christmas party however...... our venue wasn't available on our first date choice but it was decided to still run with the draw being conducted at our Christmas Party, not the date advertised. 

Cost for the function is $25 for 2019 financial members and if you would like to bring a guest (non member) the cost will $35 per person.

Could you please RSVP either before, or at the November meeting. You may however, wish to pay directly into the Club's bank account. Those details are: 

Westpac Bank

BSB. 032-585
Account Number. 233729
Account Name. Coffs Harbour Garden Club Inc.

It is imperative that we have the correct number of attendees to this function... it wouldn't be a good thing if we had too many people and not enough pudding! When you do RSVP, if you have special dietary requirements, could you please advise so we can pass this important information on to the wonderful chef at the Greenhouse Tavern, so he can prepare something rather special just for you. 

For further information, please email coffsharbourgardenclub@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Garden Party at Freedom Aged Care

Bowlers (or Rollers) from C.ex Bowls Club and some members of Coffs Harbour Garden Club attended a garden party at Aveo Freedom Aged Care, Taloumbi Road Coffs Harbour today, 30 October 2019.

Freedom Aged Care is not a nursing home and part of the ethos of this residential care facility, that to live well is a right, not a privilege. Today had the hallmark of people having fun and enjoying their residential living to the absolute fullest.

What a delightful afternoon for an outdoor party - a gentle breeze, top entertainment, chatter, a glass of bubbles and beautiful Devonshire tea with the residents and stunning surroundings. The gardens were a delight, credit to the single garden who maintained all the gardens.

L-R CHGC member Colin Smith tapping along to the music, resident May (who it was established was the postmistress at my central west NSW home town...) and CHGC member Geoff Bell.

CHGC President Margaret Crawley with resident Yula (who made her lovely fascinator - getting into the groove for Melbourne Cup next week).
Some of the residents with the 'girls' from the Bowls Club in the

Rod knew all the 'tunes' that hit the spot for everyone -
lots of toe tapping and singing along

Michelle (from Freedom) giving out the lucky door tickets.

The Bowls ladies kicking back under the beautiful Jacaranda tree.

(Mary, Marg, Beryl, Alisa)

Dawn & Carmel from the Bowls Club

Gavin was kept fairly busy topping up the glasses with the

I didn't catch either of these two's names but
it has to be said they really 'rocked' the music

Lush lawn, beautiful gardens and lots of fun

Not much left of the beautiful sandwiches, just the basil garnish!

The Bowls ladies entered into the spirit
of the garden party theme with their hats.

A lovely fuschia 

Lots of colour in the garden

The centrepiece to this garden, the Jacaranda in flower

and the Lucky Door winner, none other than CHGC President Margaret Crawley

Thanks to Michelle and the team for organising a fabulous afternoon.

Friday, 18 October 2019


Flower of the Month - October 2019

KINGDOM:  Plantae

FAMILY:  Hemerocallidaceae  (hem err ohh kalahh DAY see eye)

GENUS:  Hemerocallis

The daylily's botanical name, Hemerocallis, means 'beauty for a day', and indeed most daylily flowers open in the morning and die by nightfall.

However, each flower stem (also called a scape) typically has at least a dozen flower buds, so the plant stays in bloom for several weeks [thanks Wikipedia].

You can even eat them! But don't eat the wrong one......

Some cultural notes for daylily can be found at this link.

Don't forget to bring your daylily stem to the meeting Sat 19 October.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Open Garden North Dorrigo

Folks this is where we can support our extended community by visiting this stunning garden in North Dorrigo to support local victims in the recent bush fires.

This garden is just lovely and can only be highly recommend to visit - there is going to be a sausage sizzle, morning and afternoon teas available on site. Or if you prefer, why not make it a real roadie and visit some of the great Dorrigo highlights for example, the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

Entry is $10 and the garden is open from 10 until 4pm.

I visited this garden in 2015 and wrote a post about it - please note that the other garden mentioned in this post is NOT open on Sunday 20 October.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

UPDATE on Barangaroo Point Park: a gamble with nature

This is an incredible transformation - walked the old wharf quite some time ago and am blown away by the landscaping along the foreshores of the harbour. This article from Angus Stewart is well worth the read.

Barangaroo Point Park: a gamble with nature - GardenDrum


A recent revisit to this area to see the progress - a beautiful space within the bustling area of Barangaroo in the City of Sydney.  

Please see a map of Sydney so you can get an idea of the location of Barangaroo Reserve.

foreshore, early in the development of the reserve

A concrete container terminal has been transformed using innovative, imaginative industry-first technology. The most apparent change was creating an naturalistic rocky outcrop with the area surrounding it landscaped with a massive 75,000 native trees and shrubs. It is not only the views that attract visitors, but lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for just some quiet time.

The same area today

 This is the newest foreshore park in Sydney, marking the transformation of one of the city's oldest industrial sites into what it is today - a spectacular, six hectare headland open space for everyone to welcome and enjoy.

iconic Harbour Bridge glimpsed between vegetation

The Parramatta ferry service goes past Barangaroo Reserve on its outbound and inwardbound  journey from Circular Quay and gives a fantastic view of the reserve from a different perspective, that from the water. The placement of the sandstone boulder steps certainly gives a naturalistic view of the foreshore and coupled with the now flourishing plants this area is a real treat to see.

The Reserve was designed by leading Australian landscape architects in association with a US based company after being successful in an international tender. Their winning design mimics the rugged, sandstone, pre 1836 shoreline of the Harbour set against the now towering cityscape of Sydney.

Gymea Lily

The area has been named after Barangaroo, a Cammeraygal woman who was a powerful voice in colonial days. This reserve has a rich Aboriginal and cultural history, so therefore is of great significance for Australians across all cultures.

The choice of vegetation was grounded on what would have been growing in the Sydney region in pre-European settlement times. Choosing those plants was largely the work of Stuart Pittendright, an acclaimed Australian horticulturalist and landscape architect whose specialty is in Sydney's native botanic species.

Plants that were planted at Barangaroo include 14 species of native trees, palms and tree ferns - including 713 mature trees, 25 species of native groundcover, vine, grass and ferns; 45 species of native shrubs, small trees and Macrozamias.

Barangaroo Reserve is a must see if visiting Sydney - be it cycling, walking or catching a ferry!

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Presentation Night Images

Please feel free to copy any images from the 2019 Spring Garden Competition Presentation Night. They are in no set order........ so you might have to do a little searching!

If you are wanting a word version of results please see here for a list.