In the Cut FLower competition Ken Evans won (absent).
Photo shows Robert Wilson who received the Encouragement prize from organisers Steve and Shirley.
Club member, Noel Williams encouraged members to check out the Club's Facebook page (Click on the Link heading on ribbon above to view this).
Below: President John Lyon with retiring committee members Steve Wikman, Bev Schouten, Shirley Mc Donald, Helen Wallace and Teddy Gove (absent from photo).
Steve Wikman showed flowers that he has grown from other member's cuttings that have been given to him over his 4 years at the Club.
Monika Stinton reads the Minutes of the 2016 AGM.
Chief Steward John Sargaison gives his Festival Report, and Maxina with the Raffle's 17 boxes of plants
october meeting 2017
The guest speaker, Anne Gibson was a most informative, interesting and easy-to-listen-to speaker. We learnt many pointers about edible (we sampled some), healthy plant growing via organic control. There are 3 components necessary for healthy plants - moisture, minerals and micro-organisms. We'll remember! Anne's website is https://themicrogardener.com/about/what-is-micro-gardening/
Ken urged people to pick up free seeds from his monthly seed stall table and plant them - perhaps in the manner described by Anne Gibson.
Slides were shown of Pat's visit to the Chelsea Flower show. She talked generally about joining the Royal Horticultural Society if visiting the UK.
For the Bus Trip report, Karen O'Connor organised Colin and Caryll to talk about their experiences on the last 2 trips. All was complimentary!
September 2017 meeting
Maxina Williams gave a most interesting talk about the determined character of Edna Walling and her passion for gardens, garden designs and her special plants. Max also spoke about the Edna Walling Memorial garden which the BGC maintains at the entrance to the Buderim State Forest in Quorn St., Buderim.
Honorary Life members, Barbara and Ern Tozer were presented with their official badges, as was Past President, Michael Walsh (see photos below)
Prior to the meeting Patricia Moses's slides of her visit to the Chelsea Garden Festival were shown.
Reminder: the October meeting is on Friday 6th October, a week early, due to the Garden Festival the next weekend. See details under the Festival heading above.
August 2017 Meeting
Our August meeting speaker was our patron, Marjorie Van Roy, who again proved to be a most interesting speaker and divulged many tips on when and how to water our gardens in this current dry weather. She also spoke on "Trends and new designs in gardens" and reminded us that her Manawee Garden Centre is happy to do pH testing of soils and advise on suitable courses of action. She noted that the colour red has been chosen as the featured colour for this year's Festival, exemplified by Manawee's Big Red geranium.
Sadly, we were dismayed when one of our members fainted during Marjorie's talk. Thankfully, that lady was home from hospital that night and is under the tender care of her family at home. We all wish her well.
Noel Williams was kept very busy with most attendees (130 members and 4 visitors) paying their $10 annual membership fee in order to receive their badges at the September meeting.
A thank-you pot plant was given to Patricia Moses in recognition of her setting up this website and maintaining it to date.
Life Member badges were presented at this meeting, in recognition of the service that these people have given to the Club. Some of these recipients were unable to attend, namely: Marie Gibson, Gwyneth and Robert Sadgrove, Barbara and Ern Tozer, Hans Van Roy and Grace Tolson. A letter of appreciation written by Ern to the Club was read to the meeting.
The photo below shows the Life Member attendees, with president John Lyon behind them:
Laurel & Peter Asimus, Reg Gibson, Rita Eaton, Barbara Sherstone, Shirley & Stuart Wallace, Marjorie Van Roy (also our Patron) and Robin Porter.