April Meeting Info

A reminder that the next Club Meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday April 11, this being one week earlier than normal due to the Easter Holiday period.

The main part of the meeting will be the Autumn Flower Show.  All members are invited to take part and I have attached a list of 17 categories that you can enter.

The speaker for the night is Annette Davis  on the subject of Peonies.  Annette will have plants for sale.  This talk will take place while the show is being judged.

The member’s Draw has jackpotted to $100 but you need to be there to win.

2022 AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW SCHEDULE

1. One exhibition bloom, truss or spike

2. One container of cut Flowers any number of stems, all of one type.

3. One container of flowers from tree, shrub or creeper all of one type – any number of stem, colour variation allowed

4. One container of mixed flowers, any number of stems

5. One container of dahlias, any number of stems, variety and colour variation allowed

6. One container of roses, any number of stems, variety and colour variation allowed

7. One rose

8. One container of autumn foliage any number of stems maximum size 75cm in any direction.

9. One container of fuchsia, any number of stems

10. One Fern, maximum bench space allowed 50cm x 50cm

11. One pot plant (no ferns)

12. One floral arrangement using fresh Flowers (Can be wired and use accessories – Floral Art).

13. Collection of succulents and/or cacti – at least three varieties or types. Maximum container size 50cm x 50cm

14. Floral design in a saucer

15. Bits & pieces in a coffee mug

16. Exhibit of Produce, one type, single or multiple pieces.  Maximum bench space allowed 50cm x 50cm.

17. Collection of produce using fruit, vegetables and/or nuts –at least three different types of produce. Maximum bench space allowed 75cm x 75cm.

If you’re interested in becoming a member,why not be introduced to what happens at the club meeting on Monday night. Come along to the Golf Club at 7:30pm.

Christmas Breakup 2021

The club held a breakup event to end a year of Covid interruptions. Strange to see everyone again as we have all aged by almost a year since faces were allowed to be seen without a mask.

The Alpine Hotel provided the meal and the club provided the fun and raffle prizes. No guest speaker but lots of stories were told. It was good to see some new members that have moved into the district – Welcome!

Club Meeting Announcement for Monday June 17, 2019

Hello Members,

You are reminded that our special speaker at the June Club Meeting will be Phillip Johnson who will be giving a presentation on the winning of a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A good attendance would be appreciated and if you know someone who may be interested you are encouraged to invite them along.

Hope to see you all at the Warburton Golf Club at 7:30PM on Monday June 17, 2019.

Regards, Kevin

Here’s a youtube video of Phillip Johnson explaining his winning display.

2018 Autumn Flower Show

The Autumn Flower Show is to take place this coming Monday. Attached is a copy of the Flower Show Categories just in case you have not received a copy.  The show will be judged by the popular vote of members.  Don’t forget to collect you 17 red dots and 1 gold dot as you enter the Club House.

Entries will only be received between 6:30Pm and 7:15PM, the only exceptions will be for Stewards assisting in the staging of the show.  There will be an area set aside on the veranda  outside the pro shop which is on the opposite side of the building to the usual main entrance.  Access can be obtained either up the rear steps or along the front veranda leading to the rear.  It is highly recommended that you carry out as much preparation prior to your arrival as space is limited.

There will be a trading table and the last lot of books will be available for sale.

Schedule

1. One exhibition bloom, truss or spike

2. One container of cut Flowers any number of stems, all of one type.

3. One container of flowers from tree, shrub or creeper all of one type – any number of stem, colour variation allowed

4. One container of mixed flowers, any number of stems

5. One container of dahlias, any number of stems, variety and colour variation allowed

6. One container of roses, any number of stems, variety and colour variation allowed

7. One rose

8. One container of autumn foliage any number of stems maximum size 75cm in any direction.

9. One container of fuchsia, any number of stems

10. One Fern, maximum bench space allowed 50cm x 50cm

11. One pot plant (no ferns)

12. One floral arrangement using fresh Flowers (Can be wired and use accessories – Floral Art).

13. Collection of succulents and/or cacti – at least three varieties or types. Maximum container size 50cm x 50cm

14. Floral design in a saucer

15. Bits & pieces in a coffee mug

16. Exhibit of Produce, one type, single or multiple pieces.  Maximum bench space allowed 50cm x 50cm.

17. Collection of produce using fruit, vegetables and/or nuts –at least three different types of produce. Maximum bench space allowed 75cm x 75cm.

Dragon Lily

Hi fellow garden club members  l just wanted to share my Dragon lily with the garden club. It only flowers once a year in November the main big flower was broken in the storm on October 9th but these are still stunning and stinky   The colour is the look of luxury the smell is not .
Gaylene and Peter

July Meeting – Guest Speaker, Virginia Heywood

Virginia provided an interesting talk on the problems of associated with the demise of certain species of plants, due either to consumer taste and/or the selectivity of plant nurseries of only those plants that they believe will give the best return. The concept of old fashioned is not valid but is believed by many purchasers.

There are a great number of individuals and small scale nurseries that have taken on the responsibility of holding recognized collections of specific plant species.

Many plant species are now being reclassified and renamed as botanists use sophisticated techniques to determine minor variations.

Virginia who is one of the presenters on the 3CR Garden Show and invited members to tune in.

Sunnymeade Garden Tour

A bus tour to Sunnymeade garden on Saturday October 22, 2016, has been confirmed.

The tour is to include a visit to one or two gardens in the Alexandra Open Garden scheme. These additional gardens cannot be selected until the Alexander Club has finalised their program.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM for 2015-2016 is scheduled to be held on Monday August 15 at the Warburton Senior Citizens Centre commencing at 7:00PM.

Nomination forms were available, however, nominations can be proposed at the meeting.

June 2016 Guest Speaker

The strawberry farm is 70 acres in area and can support up to half a million plants. There are 40-50 employees. The area in Millgrove was selected because of the soil temperatures and the quality of the soil.

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Luciano and Heather Corallo – Strawberry Springs Farm

The strawberry farm is 70 acres in area and can support up to half a million plants. There are 40-50 employees. The area in Millgrove was selected because of the soil temperatures and the quality of the soil. A soil that poses good temperatures can prolong the growing and hence the fruiting season. The soil, while slightly acidic, is enriched using phosphorus, potassium and lime. Ploughed in green crops on an annual rotation, also maintains beneficial soil structure. All planting is carried out in north/south rows as this allows the prevailing winds to blow along the beds rather that across them, thus minimising wing damage to the plants. The open air aspect also helps reduce the problem of mildew.

All planting is of the one variety and plants are replaced each year.

Plastic is used under the plants in order to keep fruit clean and easy to pick. The plastic also helps retain moisture which is supplied by drip irrigation. All runners are trimmed off so that the plant can concentrate on producing fruit.

Pest control is maintained by the release of beneficial insects and/or bugs rather than insecticide and chemical spraying. There is a need for occasional spraying when the problems of mildew and rot occur. Most pollination occurs from the wind and bees.

There is a new retail venture on the site to cater to those who wish to purchase strawberry products like cakes, biscuits, cheesecakes and sponges. You can also pick up some beautiful large, fresh strawberries in season between November and the end of January.

The strawberry industry has recognised Yarra Valley as at the ‘top end’ of the world list for both strawberry quality and flavour. Congratulations Strawberry Springs Farm.

There were numerous questions asked by the members and answers were delivered in a very professional manner.

Peter Versteege warmly thanked Luciano and Heather for their excellent and most interesting presentation.

 

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