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Bannockburn and district Gardening Club inc.

On May 2nd Members of the Bannockburn and District Gardening Club Inc. spent an informative afternoon visiting the Grinter Gardens in Coppards Road, Moolap.

The garden club was fortunate in having Lorna to come and tell us the history of this productive Community Garden. Recycle and reuse was a motto heard often - with beds made from recycled planks as was the table in the shelter, paving bricks were recycled as well as benches. Manure and compost came from local farms and the council. Barwon Water laid a pipe line and provided water free of charge. 

Along the length of the garden were a variety of espaliered fruit trees all producing fruit. Garden beds varied in size, some were raised for wheelchair gardeners. At the time of our visit a new area was being transformed into a large community garden.

Excess produce is exchanged between members or sold at a market.

Members visited Lorna's own garden and we were given a slide presentation on her sustainable gardening practices. Afternoon tea was a delightful array of cakes made from the produce in her garden. Lorna was presented with a gift of home made produce from members gardens.

On Tuesday 23rd May The gardening Club visited Roraima Nursery in Lara. The nursery is well known as a premier nursery for cactus and succulents, with large outstanding sculptures. The increasing demand for succulents as feature plants in a modern garden has increased the nursery’s popularity. Members enjoyed a lovely afternoon looking through the very well stocked nursery with well grown trees and a beautiful water feature of dolphins spouting water. We were all looking forward to visiting the newly opened visitors garden. The planting was outstanding using a huge range of fully matured cactus and succulents and bottle trees. The sculptures were on a large scale with huge glass flowers, cement and metal figures, planters were made from chimney stacks, coppers and other metal objects I couldn’t name. I loved a Pepper tree with stone seats round it and a stand of magnolia trees, the paths were wide and curvatious and lovely to walk on  The coffee van made a very good coffee and hot chocolate a nice end to a nursery well worth visiting

Our next meeting will be the rescheduled Beach Tree Nursery, 1135 Surfcoast Highway Mt Duneed. Departing Lions Park at 12.30pm.

New members will receive a very warm welcome. For further information on the gardening club please contact Freda 5281 1907 or Lyn 5281 1467.