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!