September meeting

Unfortunately the Growing Abundance organisation was unable to provide a speaker for the September meeting.  Garden Club President, Marion Cooke, spoke about the aims of the group, using local food with no waste, and Philip and Judy Hopley talked about their roles as volunteers at Growing Abundance.  Further information can be found at:

A delighted Sue Spacey won the raffle – an unusual hellebore.


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Annual Garden Club Market – Sunday 5 November

Garden market flyer

Display at Castlemaine Market Building

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Talk on roses

Ken Rae from Spring Park Nursery in Eganstown gave a talk on roses at the club’s August meeting.  Members were interested to learn that Ken recommends feeding roses by spraying or dousing the foliage with a liquid fertiliser such as Seasol.  This type of feeding allows the plant to use the nutrients efficiently.

Ken Rae (2)

Ken also spoke about the use of seaweed-based sprays and frost protection sprays that are useful for protecting frost tender plants.  The first helps plants develop an internal resistance to frost whilst the latter creates a protective polymer film over leaves and stems.

Ken brought along several varieties of bare rooted roses and distributed to those present the nursery’s 2017 rose catalogue.  More information is available at the webpage:  Visitors are welcome to visit the nursery at 3734 Midland Highway, Eganstown to see the large variety of roses available and to get advice about rose growing.









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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

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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