August – our annual Winter Break!
June - National Trust House Lake View, Chiltern. Sally our Guide was wonderful, and we all found the history of the family who had lived there very interesting. Lunch at Bird ‘n Bike was delicious, the chocolate fudge brownie with chocolate sauce wowed us all and was definitely ‘4 star’. The weather was very kind – the sun came out – and all in all we had an enjoyable day.
July - Please call me on 0438627010 if you would like to join us on 22nd July for a winter outing to the Mokoan Hub Café at Winton Wetlands, where we will hear a guest speaker from the Hub and have both morning tea and lunch (Own Cost). We will be leaving the U3A car park at 10.30 am.
August – our annual Winter Break!
On Thursday June 24th, we will meet in the U3A Car Park at 9:15 to leave at 9:30am to visit THE NATIONAL TRUST LAKE VIEW, Chiltern.. Please bring your own morning tea.
The Entry Fee to Lake View House is $5.
Lunch at the Bird n Bike Restaurant, 7 Main Street, Chiltern will cost $28.00 for a 2 course meal.
Roast turkey with roast vegetables, green beans & gravy, chocolate fudge brownie with choc sauce berries & cream.
Tea & coffee tea station, free to enjoy as many cups as you would like.
Celiacs catered for.
Money & Bookings must be made by 10th June as we have to let The National Trust know.
Please ring 0438 627 010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather was beautiful, the meal at the 7 Creeks Hotel delicious and the company excellent at our late May visit to the Euroa Arboretum. A most enjoyable day!
On Thursday 24th June we will be going to Chiltern. Meet at the Seniors Car Park at 9.30 am.
Photos: Gwen Turner, Robyn Lukey
What a lovely day we had at Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne in late April. I was one of those people that did NOT like Native Plants very much. Boy, were my eyes opened! The Garden and landscape, beautiful; meal and service, excellent. I would highly recommend Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne.
On May 27 we are going to Euroa. Meet at U3A Carpark at 9.30am. We will visit the Euroa Aboretum and Plant Nursery. Morning tea and lunch to be arranged.
On June 24th, we are travelling to Chiltern.
0438 627 010
Coming up - Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne on 22 April and Euroa Arboretum and Nursery on 22nd April
22nd April - Bus trip to Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne. Meet at Benalla Gardens near Royal Hotel at 7.30 am, before boarding the Bus lines Coach to Cranbourne. Cost $40 per person. Morning tea included. Cranbourne lunch own cost Payment is due and can be left at the RedB4 Bookshop, next to Hides Bakery, in an Envelope with Your name and ‘Garden Appreciation for Gwen Turner’ written on it. If you would like to attend just give me a call. Morning tea included.
27th May - Euroa Arboretum and Nursery. Meet at U3A Carpark 9.30am. Morning tea and lunch to be arranged.
Gwen Turner 0438 627 010
Photos: Gwen Turner, Sandie Chrimes and Dorothy Webber
"Thursday 25 March was spent in Beechworth, where we went to Peter and Amanda Rucins’ beautiful garden, Beechworth Galleries. Lots of shopping, little birds and more."
Meet at U3A carpark at 9.30am. We are off to Beechworth. Bring your own morning tea, we will have this at a venue to be arranged. We will visit the private garden of Peter Rucins, 13 Spring Street Beechworth, then the Beechworth Galleries, the Metal Garden Sculptures, outdoor furniture and lots more. Lunch will be at the Hibernian Hotel at your own cost. A busy day.
A bus trip to The Royal Botanical Gardens at Cranbourne. We meet at the Benalla Gardens near the Royal Hotel at 7.30 a.m. before boarding the Benalla bus lines coach to Cranbourne. Cost: $40 p.p. morning tea included. Payment will need to be paid by the 25th March - this can be left at the Redb4 Bookshop next to Hides in an envelope with your name and Garden Appreciation written on it. As the bus takes 50 numbers will be restricted. Gwen will have a waiting list if necessary. These Gardens are well worth the visit.
It is important to have your name down for any of our Garden Appreciation outings - please ring Gwen 0438627010.
Welcome Back Special! To welcome back old members and welcome new members, our first outing on Thursday 25th February will be to the home of Kathie and Rod Izzard, 144 Witt Street, Benalla. BYO your own morning tea, as we are unable to share (Covid-19 regulations). We will then move on to Clive Creations & Plants, Witt Street, Benalla. Lunch will be at the Benalla Golf Club.
Meet at 10 am at the Car park to car pool. We will be in town, so do not need to meet at 9.30 am.
It is very important to have your name down as I need to know numbers. Ring, text or Email email@example.com. Mobile: 0438627010, or landline 57627017
What a year we have had, with only a February outing. It was lovely to meet new members then. Hopefully you will be back in 2021.
To our (old) members it will be great to see everyone again. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, stay safe
Photos - Gwen Turner :"Early morning, Benalla" and "My Hollyhock hits the rooftop"
With Mother Nature at her best this spring, Benalla’s roses are looking fantastic. A must see are the roses at Rambling Rose café’s car park garden and Benalla’s Rose Gardens.
With the end of year coming up we can look forward to next year. Hopefully we can visit many lovely gardens once again. I have missed meeting up with you all.
Benalla Gardens are looking beautiful, roses and trees back in leaf and the last of the flowering cherries and crab apples are putting n a show. Shirley Kearney and I were walking past the new Splash Park and had to stop to look it over. Loved the big red poppies, families will have lots of fun there. Three ducks happened to be in the Lake waiting to have their photo taken.
I have been gardening around the Church garden with Chris, have started a new garden in front of the Parish Centre (Old Court House) just with plants from my garden with the help of some Magpies.
Hope you have time to visit family and friends. Happy gardening!
Spring is here 😄, rain, sunshine, beautiful daffodils flowering, pears, pretty annuals and much more.
Gardens are great way to make us feel happy as they are forever changing, we can dream in them, dig and move plants, weed, walk around, exercise, read, water and feed, and sit while in our Garden.
Stay safe, keep your glass half full.
As I am writing the sun is out following a frosty morning. The photos are of Shirley and Dan Kearney’s lovely sunny courtyard, great place to have a cuppa or read the paper, we all should have one of these spots in our garden. Pink weeping flowering tree is on the drive. St. Joseph’s Village is so well landscaped. Roses, Camelia, Daphne, Gardenia. Beautifully performed blooms all year round and a group of mixed Citrus trees add interest.
Stay safe and happy.
What a wonderful Autumn. We had rain, sun and colour in our trees. Winter is time to buy roses, fruit trees and plant seedlings. Getting ready for Spring, the jobs to do include cleaning and sharpening our garden tools, oil wooden handles. Roses are best to prune in late July with a good feed, leave Salvias until after the frost. Cyclamen like a cold spot, the ones in the photo sit on a table outside, they get a bit of sun in the mornings, they belong to a friend of mine, the one on the left is 3 years old.
Stay happy and healthy.
About the Garden Appreciation Group
4th Thursday. All day (approx 9.30 - 3.00). Meet at the Seniors Car Park at 9.30 unless otherwise advised by Gwen - check Newsletter for further details.
Convenor and contact Details
Gwen Turner 5762 7017
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