Wednesday, 23 March 2016

President's Message - March 2016

Firstly, can I say a very big thank you to Bob Tarry for standing in for me whilst I'm in Sydney for the Royal Easter Show. I note from the meeting minutes that plenty of ground was covered as usual.

Particularly important for us gardeners was the presentation by Marg Murray from the Friends of the Botanic Garden who spoke about the current review of the structure and management of the Garden. The Garden Club and the Friends have worked closely over the years and I'll be getting in touch with Marg to discuss how our Club might be able to help- out in putting forward its views on the review draft outcomes.

I've read the draft report, which is available on the Coffs Harbour City Council website, and there are some concerning aspects that I'll discuss with Marg before preparing a response on our Club's behalf. Responses are due in by 6 April, and although time is short, I really encourage you all to have a look at the draft report and perhaps put in your own personal submission as you see fit.

On a happier note, the Sydney Royal Flower & Garden Show is quite something to behold this year. We focussed the 2016 Show around the theme 'Art in Bloom', and so in addition to all the dahlias, roses, Australian natives, cacti, orchids, carnivorous plants, potted plants, bonsai, African violets and fruit and vegetables that people are exhibiting, we have a truly fantastic display of outstanding floral art from some of the Australia's best exponents. Their exhibits have been judged by a gentleman from Germany by the name of Gregor Lersch, who is an extremely fine, internationally acclaimed floral artist himself. I'll try to get some photos to show you at a meeting later in the year.

Editor's Note: Gregor Lersch has written many books on floral craftsmanship a link can be found on our facebook page.

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