Our scheduled speaker for this months meeting, Tracy Sidwell from Bale Grow was unable to attend.
After much ado the club was delighted to listen to our club member Valda Street who gave a wonderful talk on the historic Lovers Walk in Warburton. This walk is at the entry to Warburton at the back of the old Tea Rooms just after the first bridge into Warburton on your left.
Valda discovered this walk nearly 30 years ago while taking 4 local children for walks along the river. They then began to unearth hidden stone walls and seats and started to clear the area. Today this area comes under the management of the River Frontage Committee of which Valda is a member. A few years ago Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlow was commissioned to draw up plans for restoration of the walk but due to the huge expense involved these plans were shelved. With Valda’s perseverance she has convinced the committee to start the restoration and just last week work was begun on the stone walls and seats.
Thank you to Valda for a wonderful talk on part of the history of Warburton.
President Kevin Hince gave a short talk and slide show on Straw Bale Gardening. The type of straw used is important! To begin, position your bale in line with the ties still in place to keep it firm, wet and fertilise thoroughly for a couple of months inserting stakes with wire if a trellis is required. Put a good quality planting mix into holes and sow seeds of your choice! This will break down after a while and will be a good mulch for your garden.
Here’s a link on How to Build a Straw Bale Garden by Modern Farmer.
The November garden walk will be the first evening walk for the summer season starting at 5.30pm at Anne and Roger Herrod’s, Bring your own meal but a BBQ plate will be provided.
24 Old Warburton Road, Warburton. Parking available on the Pipeline opposite.
Our guest speaker for the evening was club member David Borton who spoke on his trekking trip to Nepal. David presented a wonderful insight into the country and it’s peoples. This trip was 14 days long and organised by www.slowtrekking.com starting from Kathmandu with 10 travellers and 10 porters. The group walked a total of 160km through the mountains and valleys along the Annapurna Circuit visiting Chitwan, Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu. The cost of the trip was $3400.
Please contact David Borton for more information.
A reminder of next Monday’s meeting at 7.30pm on 21st November. The speaker for the night is our own Club Member David Borton who will give a talk on trekking in Nepal.
The November Garden Walk is to be held at Anne & Roger Herrod’s, 24 Old Warburton Road, Warburton and is the first evening walk for season starting at 5.30pm. BYO everything except tea and coffee, barbecue facilities available.
Also please be aware if you are coming to the Christmas Social to be held on December 12th payment needs to be made at this Monday’s Meeting or at the Garden Walk on the 28th November at 5.30pm. $20pp or $25 for non-members.
Click here to link to the photos of the Club’s visit to Sunneymeade.
Thought the garden club members would like to see some photos of the aftermath of the storm at our place. What a difference one week from the Open Garden weekend makes. Doesn’t seem like the same garden. Still, we are all OK and we are TOUGH ! We have already had a lot of support and offers of help at this early stage but have to wait for insurance assessors to come see us now.
Thanks everyone. Jose and Graham.
The plant sale was under this tree
Tree near front of house garage
That monster tree again
Rootball 5 meters across
The pond near the brook bridge
145 feet of monster tree
Looking towards the back of the house
The pump shed down the back
Back of the chook pen
Right down the back
Only half a rhododendron left
The front lawn area
The front garden
Jenny wanted to share some of her photos she took on her recent trip to West Australia. I love the one on the right, first row down.
Just a suggestion to everyone. Can you take some photos of your garden in the next 10 days so you have a ‘file’ to be used for advertising your garden if you decide to be included in next years Open Garden Weekend. Thanks. The Webmaster.
Here’s a few photos of our visit to the now famous Gardens By The Bay. We visited there yesterday on our way back from a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Click here to link to the Singapore Page. You can read my daily posts at yarratraveljunction.com
The best looking garden in the country. Thanks Jose.