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Bannockburn & Dsitrict Garden Club

With 3 gardens to visit, Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc had a very interesting and busy day. Most members met at Lions Park or at Inverleigh on our way to the outskirts of Beeac.

The first stop was at Braeburn House, the home of Bob Millen. The beautiful stone house was built in 1881 and was furnished to this period  This award winning garden was only 10 years old and magnificent. Bob had an interesting gallery of photographs showing the progress of the garden which covers over 2 acres. It is sloping with outcrops of rock all used to a great advantage, had twisting paths leading to a Japenese garden, there is a rockery and vegetable garden and the orchard contained heritage apple trees. At every corner there was a different view of beautiful plants, many that were a collectors delight. 

There were a large number of sculptures displayed, some elegant and beautiful and others quirky. The front of the house was formal with 2 outstanding palms and 3 Norfolk pines. Bob with his great sense of humor made our visit a most enjoyable experience.

The second garden we visited was to the home of Daphne Finn and her husband. Members enjoyed their BYO lunch and a welcome cuppa sitting on the shaded verandah. This garden was a little more formal yet its twisting paths with beautiful camelias, magnolias and roses were wonderful. 

A feature of the garden was memorial garden to Daphne's late mother, a formal Italinate garden with formal beds, a central avenue with ceramic urns and feature trees. This garden had such wonderful views and lovely trees. A delightful feature of the garden were the lovely arches covered with roses and a gorgeous wisteria.

Our final garden was a visit to member Joy Truswell's home. Her beautiful cottage garden on half an acre was at its peak. I sat on a tranquil garden bench hidden from the main garden. Just around the corner was  a lovely fish pond. The garden had beautiful mature gum trees at the perimeter and  great use was made of nandinas,  taller sacred bamboo and silver birches Joy gave us afternoon tea - a wonderful end to a lovely day

Our next meeting is an "extra" when we visit the garden of well known water colour artist Marie Perryman on 15th November 1.30pm at 32 Alice Mews, Bannockburn

Our Christmas break up will be held at the home Of Erica and Chris Baulch, 2 Shekkleton Rd, Bannockburn at 12.00 noon. Please bring a plate to share, a chair and a potted plant to swap.

For further information please call Freda 5281 1907 and Lyn 5281 1467