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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2017 Bursary

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 Applications close Monday, March 13, 2017

Enquiries: 0414 284 247

The application form is available by clicking here: bursary-application-2017

Conditions of the Bursary award

  • the student is a resident of the Mount Alexander shire or is apprenticed in an horticultural activity within the Mount Alexander Shire
  • the award is given on merit and subject to interview
  • the award money must be used to purchase reference materials not to offset fees 
  • the award of the Bursary is for the current year
  • applications for the award must be made annually. Award winners may re-apply.
  • preference may be given to a first year student/apprentice 
  • the recipient of the Bursary will provide a report of their year’s progress at the completion of the academic year.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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”.

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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.

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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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Mooroopna and District Garden Club visit

Members of the Castlemaine Garden Club were pleased to welcome Mooroopna and District Garden Club members to Castlemaine on Tuesday 19 October.  After lunch at the Botanic Gardens, the visitors toured Peter Rotteveel’s garden, then went on to Sally Leversha’s in Castlemaine and ended up at Marion Cooke’s garden at Yapeen where a delicious afternoon tea was enjoyed.  Thanks to Peter, Sally and Marion for making their gardens available and to all the members of the CDGC who made the visitors welcome by participating in the afternoon activities and providing afternoon tea.

Wonderful panoramas at Peter Rotteveel’s property

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Enjoying Marion’s beautiful spring garden

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