Jane Edmanson at Clunes



1-2pm Clunes Town Hall, 98 Bailey Street.

Words in Winter Clunes and Clunes Landcare and Waterways Group present ABC Gardening Australia’s own Jane Edmanson.

Jane is author and co-author of several gardening books and contributes to Gardening Australia magazine. Jane has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her educational and sustainable work in horticulture and the environment.

$20 Adults      $10 Under 18

Bookings via cluneslandcare@gmail.com.

Payment cash only at the door.

Book sales and signing to follow Jane’s talk.

Given time constraints, please email your questions for Jane at the time of booking.

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Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at Wesley Hill Hall, Duke Street, Castlemaine, 6.00pm for 6.30pm.  Guest speaker: Margaret Winmill.

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January picnic in the Bots

Members enjoyed a picnic in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens to celebrate the beginning of what is set to be another interesting year with guest speakers and visits to various gardens – see Calendar of Events.




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End of year function

Garden Club members enjoyed a visit to Skydancers in Harcourt to celebrate the end of another successful and interesting year.  Gary Sobey spoke to us about the wonderful garden he has established at the nursery and described many of the beautiful plantings.


We enjoyed finger food and drinks supplied by the club and, following Gary’s tour, had our dinner and took the opportunity to chat with fellow club members.


President, Sally Leversha, thanked all those who have assisted throughout the year to the smooth running of the club and presented Past President, Judy Uren, with a gift voucher to mark her retirement from the committee.


Club members were also able to make purchases from the nursery and gift shop.  Edward was taken by this beautiful orchid and didn’t have to think too long before deciding to take it home!



Best wishes to all members for a happy Christmas.  We look forward to another great gardening year in 2017!

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Another wonderful garden market!

The annual garden market once again proved to be a great success.  Despite waking to the sound of rain on the roof the weather was dry and warm with a blustery wind keeping the mossies at bay!

Photos: Judy Eastwood

The constant flow of visitors created a colourful and busy atmosphere and stall holders were pleased with their sales.  Many raffle tickets were sold and the lucky winners went home with a great selection of garden goodies.

Thanks to all the club members who helped make this a great event.  As one local was heard to comment, “the best garden market around”.

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Garden market – Sunday 30 October

This year’s Castlemaine and District Garden Club garden market will be held in Duke Street, Castlemaine, opposite the Castle Motel, next to the U3A office.

The market runs from 8.00am-1.00pm and offers visitors a chance to buy a range of garden related items, including many potted plants, from a variety of stalls.  Entry is $2.  Food and drinks available.

Club members look forward to welcoming members of the public to our annual market.

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October meeting – Richard Lay – Irises

At the last general meeting for the year a large group of members heard Richard Lay give a fascinating talk about his love of irises and the evolution of these beautiful flowers over the past sixty years.  Richard spent his childhood in London where his interest in irises first began.  He was only aware of the traditional blue irises and was delighted when he first saw them in white and yellow hues.  As a young man a visit to Essex led to the discovery of a farm where the owner cultivated and proprogated irises, dahlias and poppies.  The skills of cross pollinating and breeding were quickly learned and Richard was “hooked”.

Richard talking about irises with a lovely display nearby20161025_203019-2

Richard explained that from the mid-20th century, iris breeders endeavoured to cross the traditional irises of Northern Europe with those found in the Middle East.  It took time before success was eventually achieved and new forms and colours became widely available.  Richard continued his work with irises after moving to Australia and continues to strive for flowers and shapes that he likes, particularly in shades of pink.


Glenda and Peter Liddicoat from The Iris Place, 155 Booth Road, Woodvale, north of Bendigo brought along a lovely array of irises and members were to quick to make their purchases!

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