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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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




Enjoying Marion’s beautiful spring garden



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September meeting – Bonsai


Club member and Bonsai enthusiast, Barry Lacey was unable to give a presentation at the September meeting so he kindly arranged for fellow Bonsai expert, Trevor Wheeler, to give a talk on the topic.  Trevor and his wife, Helen, founders of the Goldfields Bonsai group, brought along a number of Bonsai together with various tools and books related to this form of gardening.


Trevor Wheeler


Trevor explained that Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees and other plants grown in ornamental pots.  The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.


Trevor makes his own ornamental pots and uses a variety of tools to shape and trim Bonsai specimens.  Soil preparation is very important and a sieve is used to remove excess dust and other bits and pieces from Bonsai potting mix, before sand is added to the mix.  Soil needs to drain well but also be able to retain moisture.  Bonsai need to be re-potted and fed with special fertiliser at appropriate times of the year.



Club members enjoyed Trevor’s talk, asking many questions with some thinking they may give this art form a try!







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Garden Market

The annual Castlemaine and District Garden Club market will be held on:

Sunday 30 October, 8.00 am to 1.00 pm, opposite the Castle Motel, Duke Street, Castlemaine. 

There will be many stalls selling a variety of plants and garden related items.  Food and drinks will be available.  In addition, a giant raffle of garden goodies will be held.

Please come along and support this fund raising event.

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