Tuesday, 1 July 2014

President's Message - July 2014

What fantastic club outings we’ve had so far this year!  Congratulations to Maria and her team of willing workers for arranging the outing program.  It is much appreciated and I thank you on behalf of all our members. 

Our club outings do two main things.  Firstly, they provide us with some great ideas for our own gardens, and the chance to learn from what our fellow gardeners are doing.  And secondly, they give us a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other a little better.

So far in 2014 we’ve been to a big variety of gardens including:

·         Bob & Gaye Tarry’s champion garden
·         Steve McGrane’s permaculture garden
·         Bruce Alp’s native garden
·         Simon & Jeannine Young’s brand new garden before anything was planted
·         Bonville Golf Resort’s garden on a grand scale

We’ve also been fortunate to see first-hand the excellent recycling work being done by one of our gold sponsors, Biomass Solutions, and we’ve been to quite a few of our local nurseries and garden suppliers, including Garden Mania, Cockbains, MI Organics and Sunset Nursery.

There are more great outings organised for the remainder of the year, including to Emerald Beach and Woolgoolga (23 Jul), Bellinger Valley and Bonville (29 Aug), Moonee Beach and Heritage Park (28 Oct), and Orara Valley (25 Nov).  Each of these outings will have different gardens for people to see, enjoy and learn from, and I encourage everyone to come along and take advantage of the opportunities.Finally, please don't forget to get your own gardens ready for the Spring Garden Competition.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, there are plenty of categories to choose from so you don't Have to enter your whole garden if you don't want to. Garden Club members have done very well in the past and I'm sure 2014 will be no exception, so please hop into it and get ready to enter.

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