General Meeting Tuesday 25 May: Travels in Gondwana

Club Member, Jennifer Read presented a most interesting and informative paper entitled “Travels in Gondwanan Forests: Southern Beech Forests” addressing such conundrums as the similarity of the vegetation and flora of southern temperate zone regions separated by large oceans.

This includes New Zealand, Australia(Victoria and Tasmania), Chile, Argentina, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. Jennifer described her journeys in South America, New Zealand and the tropics – the challenges of travel to remote places, the people and the diversity of the landscapes and vegetation.

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John Pascoe Fawkner Gold Medal awarded to Peggy Munro

Life member of the Castlemaine and District Garden Club, Peggy Munro, was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria’s John Pascoe Fawkner Gold Medal for services to horticulture at the General meeting of the Club, Tuesday 23 February 2021.

The award was presented by the President of the RHSV, Don Rickerby who acknowledged Peggy’s role in various gardening groups in the Mount Alexander Shire and her long standing involvement with CDGC. Her contribution towards gardening over many years has been outstanding. Congratulations Peggy on an award well deserved!

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Plant stall – Sunday 7 March 2021

The Castlemaine and District Garden Club is holding a plant stall!

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Garden Club 2021 activities to commence

We are commencing 2021 with a picnic in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens near the BBQ area. This will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 26th January – a BYO arrangement to allow for COVID requirements – this includes chair, food and drink. At this time the weather is forecast to be pleasant (after a hot spell on Sunday and Monday). Friends welcome.

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Welcome to 2021!

Castlemaine and District Garden Club is hoping to resume activities this year. See our Calendar of Events for full details.

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The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine and District Garden Club will be held on Tuesday 27 October at 2.00 pm. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held online via Zoom.

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Garden Club Status Update

With regard to club activities, although restrictions are starting to be eased, there will be no general meetings for the time being. The committee will continue to monitor this from month to month.

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty about COVID19 restrictions over the next few weeks, the garden market planned for November 2020 has been cancelled. We look forward to a wonderful market in November 2021!

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RHSV Hanging Basket competition


Dear members and fellow gardeners,

Please find below a message from the RHSV about this year’s Hanging Basket competition.  Maxine Tester, David Averay and others have worked hard on our entry and now it is time to show our appreciation by voting!  Our entry is on page 8 of the survey “Most Innovative Baskets” and features a frog.  A couple of photos are also attached to this message so that you can easily identify our basket when you vote.

Follow the instructions given in the RHSV message and remember that although you can only vote once, other family members and friends are also eligible to vote.  Hoping you will vote via the survey and that our club will not only win the most innovative basket but perhaps the best basket overall!!  Thanks and over to you …


Welcome to the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria’s – Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition 2020

Due to COVID-19 the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2020 was cancelled, and our Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition could not be displayed.  We had nearly 550 hanging basket entries which would have been a great tribute to the 25th Anniversary of the event.

The Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition has now gone online in a truncated form and it is up to you to choose your favourite baskets from the basket survey.

Follow the link to get there.

Just a little hint for any who find the hanging basket entries too small to view.
If using a computer to peruse, go to the top tool bar, select View then select Zoom In.
Zoom in as many times as required.
If you use a tablet device or mobile phone, just spread your fingers over the pictures to enlarge.
Enjoy these amazing entries in the size that you prefer.

You are now the judge!

Anyone can vote. You do not need to be a member of the RHSV or of an Affiliated Society. We welcome you all to get away from Covid-19 for a short while and become a real Basket Case! Forward it on to your friends so they can participate in the spirit of the competition and “Have A Go”.

The Most Popular Basket in each section and other minor sections will be announced in the Winter edition of the RHSV Gardeners’ Gazette, on the RHSV website ( and the RHSV Facebook Page (

The RHSV especially thanks all its’ sponsors who have continued to work with ‘The Royal’ during these unprecedented times.

If you have any questions about the RHSV or the Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition, please contact the RHSV Secretary via email (

Good luck, keep safe, keep gardening and thank you for being part of the Great Victorian Hanging Basket Competition 2020!


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Buy 1 get 1 free Membership deal

For 2020-2021 we are running a special 2 year membership for $20. This recognises the impact of the COVID-19 virus which has curtailed most of the garden club activities. This applies to members who have already renewed their membership, to existing members who have yet to renew for 2020 and new members. During this period MULCH will be distributed by email only.

Bank details for making payment and GPO Box are on the membership form

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COVID-19 update

You will be well aware of the health threats for all of us from the rapid spread of COVID-19 virus, and the Federal and State Governments’ requirements that we practice “social distancing”, restrict gatherings severely and avoid non-essential travel.

The committee has decided that for the time being, all Castlemaine and District Garden Club meetings and activities will be suspended. We thank the guest speakers who were scheduled to talk at our general meetings for their understanding and hope we can call on them again when it is safe to do so. The Committee will continue to meet via videoconferencing and email.

MULCH will continue to be produced by our new Editor, John Barnier, but will only be sent via email for the foreseeable future. It will also be available from the Garden Club’s webpage.

However, we can still enjoy gardening especially during this fine autumn weather, and we encourage you to send photos and observations to our email address,, so they can be shared with other members via MULCH and our Facebook and Web pages.

Keep safe and healthy during these somewhat unprecedented times.

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