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The Garden Appreciation group will meet in the Seniors’ carpark at 9:30 on February 22nd to car-pool. Our first outing will be to the garden of Melissa and Guy Mounsey at 1901 Samaria Road, Moorngag. It’s on the left-hand side, the business name is ‘My Little Potting Shed’. Melissa, who is a well-known local florist, and Guy are now growing a wonderful variety of flowers. The flower beds are in the open so you may need hat, umbrella and drink.
Please bring a small plate to share at morning tea and your own cup. Tea, coffee, milk, hot water will be supplied. Lunch will be at Tatong Tavern, Tatong/Benalla Road at I2 noon.
It’s very important to let me know if you are attending, also if you have any dietary requirements – 0438 627 010, email@example.com.
I’m very pleased to welcome new & old members and am looking forward to visiting private and public gardens with you this year. I hope you all had a lovely Xmas and New Year!
On Thursday 23rd November we visited two farm gardens, the first Karen and Peter Nankivell's garden in Old Lurg Rd. What a relaxing morning - stunning views and garden, morning tea under a shady pergola.
Then on to Geraldine and Garry McCorkell's farm garden in Samaria Road to enjoy a beautiful lunch, catered for by the Pink Ladies, as we sat under the canopy of lovely large trees.
Thank you all for your company this year. It has been a very sad year for some of us and your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Bev Lee and Len Jeffers for all your help.
Wishing you all a "Very Happy Xmas and a Happy New Year",,,
On Thursday 26th October we visited the Garden of Betty Seymour in Yarrawonga. We were greeted by members of the Yarrawonga Garden club with a beautiful morning tea. Their President, Shirley, gave us a short talk about their club and then we viewed Betty’s unique garden. It may have been small, but it sure packed a punch! The garden was full of plants, some in pots on the ground, many very special. Some of us came home with pots and cuttings, Betty is a very generous lady.
Our lunch at Tame Cafe was yummy; the service, price and food excellent. We all had a very enjoyable day.
The group will meet at U3A Car Park on 9.30 on Thursday 23rd November when we plan to visit the garden of Karen Nankivell at 265 Old Lurg Rd Benalla. Please bring your own morning tea. Lunch will be at Geraldine McCorkell’s home located at 686 Samaria Road, Benalla. Catering will be by Pink Ladies: cost $15 pp. This will be our last outing for the year. Please let me know if you will be attending.
We visited Sophie Arendt’s beautiful garden on Thursday 28th September. Forty-two of us were greeted to the most amazing garden and a wonderful morning tea - thank you, Sophie, Dawn and Fay. We went on to Sandra's Nursery in Witt Street (some of us leaving with more plants), then lunched at the Benalla Golf Club. It was great to catch up with you all again after a break!
On Thursday October 26th we will meet at U3A car park 9.30 to visit the Yarrawonga garden of Betty Seymour, 4 Gilmore St, Yarrawonga, opposite the main gate at show grounds. I have been told 'Betty’s Garden' is one of the best in Yarra. Lunch at Tame Café, Belmore Street, Yarrawonga. Please let me know you are attending to assist with morning tea arrangements.
I hope you are all enjoying our spring weather.
Friday 15 September
Just a reminder to let me know if you are attending our outing on 28th September to Sophie Arendt’s Beautiful Garden.
Sophie has offered to supply morning tea so I need to know numbers, m/ tea and lunch.
What a beautiful day we are having!
0438 627 010
On September 28th we are meeting at the U3A car park at 9.30am then going to Sophie Arendt's beautiful garden in Hagenauer Lane, off Witt St in Benalla. Sophie has offered to supply morning tea, after which we will go to Sandra's Nursery in Witt St. Lunch will be at the Benalla Golf Club. Please let me know if you will be attending.
I am writing this from Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. The beautiful street tree in the photos below is called Bauhinid.
Our trip to Violet Town proved to be a lovely way to spend a cold day, The Southern Aurora Memorial Mural Garden & Jackson's Produce Store & Cafe were well worth a visit, the food & coffee at the cafe great. 27 of us walked around the shops after lunch, with a number definitely contributing to the economy of Violet Town!
There will be no Garden Appreciation sessions in July and August due to family commitments. Our next outing will be on Thursday 28th September 2023.
Stay warm and safe!
Our next meeting is on Thursday 22nd June. We will meet at U3A car park.at 10.30.
Please note the later start time.
We are off to Violet Town, visiting the Garden at the Library as well as the Southern Aurora Memorial Garden by Benalla’s Tim Bowtell.
Lunch is now to be at Jackson’s Produce Store & Café 20 Cowslip Street. This is a family run business with home cooked meals.
If you would like to meet for a coffee at 9.45 some of us will be at R/R.
On May 25th we visited ‘Two Town Gardens’ in Benalla. The first was the garden of Corrie Witlox. Corrie has many unusual plants in her garden, including an Orange Rhododendron Beautiful!
After morning tea, we visited the gardens of Glenice and Bill Broderick in Grant Drive . Large trees and garden beds. Wonderful! Their home is on the market - we wish them well in their new home.
Lunch at the Benalla Golf Club concluded a great outing on a beautiful late autumn day with nice people.
On June 22nd we are heading to Violet Town, visiting the garden at the Library and the Southern Aurora Memorial Garden Mural by Benalla’s Tim Bowtell. Lunch will be at the Violet Town Hotel (formerly the Ellen Frances Hotel). I will send an email with meeting times beforehand. If you are interested in attending, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438627010.
To those who are off on your winter holiday, have an enjoyable time; to those of you who are unwell, take care and get well soon!
The details of our Thursday 25 May visit to ‘Two Town Gardens’ have now been finalized.
Meet at the U3A car park at 9:30am.
The first garden we will visit and morning tea will be at the home of Corrie Witlox, 3 Ibis Court, Benalla. Corrie has a lovely garden and collection of Bonsai. Please bring a small plate to share. Milk, tea, coffee, hot water will be supplied.
We will then visit the large garden of Glenice and Bill Broderick, 71 Grant Drive, Benalla - it's a beautiful garden set back off the road.
Lunch will be at the Benalla Golf Club. Please let me know if you are planning to attend for hospitality purposes. If you have already put your name down, that's OK.
Phone 0438 627 010 or email email@example.com.
The April Garden Appreciation outing was a bus trip to Bendigo to visit the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. On arrival at the Visitors' Centre, we were informed that a power outage meant morning tea by candlelight and no coffee! On a brighter note, the light drizzle cleared in time for a stroll around the extensive Peace Gardens, photographing its many and varied sculptures representing different religions. Inside the amazing Stupa itself, we received detailed information on Buddhism tenets and the history behind the erection of the Stupa, built with generous donations as well as a Govt. grant. The interior and exterior decorations are a work in progress.
After lunching at Bendigo R.S.L., Gwen allocated time to visit Bendigo Pottery on the way home. Thank you, Gwen Turner and Bendigo Bus Lines for an interesting day out.
Coming up on Thursday 25 May –‘Two Town Gardens’. Meet at the U3A Car Park at 9.30am. The first garden we will visit is at the home of Glenice and Bill Broderick, 71 Grant Drive, Benalla - a beautiful garden set back off the road. The second garden and morning tea is yet to be arranged. Lunch will be at the Benalla Golf Club. Please let me know if you are planning to attend for hospitality purposes - 0438 627 010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Lost & Found’ - Left at my place at the February ‘Small Gardens’ visit - 1 white dinner plate. Contact me on the number above and I will get back to you.
A day trip to Mansfield saw our group visit Concepts Garden Art Work with quite a few interesting `garden’ pieces making their way to cars, we then visited the town garden of Helen Hookey where we were in awe of the stone work landscaped into a beautiful garden with a view to surrounding hills and Mt. Battery. Just as the rain arrived we headed for lunch at the Delatite Hotel and as the rain stopped a browse through the shops in Mansfield completed a very sociable and enjoyable day.
We are headed by bus to Bendigo on April 27th. The cost of $68 covers travel, entry to The Great Stupa Gardens peace park, morning tea and a 2 course lunch at the Bendigo R.S.L. Please let Gwen know if you have any dietary requirements. It will be necessary to book and pay by the end of March or early April. Please ring Gwen’s Mobile 0438627010 if you are intending to come. Payment can be left at the Redb4 Bookshop with your name on the envelope. Don’t miss this great trip.
Gwen Turner, Geraldine McCorkell and Corrie Witlox
Our first meeting of the year was a lovely day, meeting our new members and welcoming back 2022 members. Morning tea and Gwen's beautiful garden and fernery at the back of her Trinity Close unit were enjoyed by all. Thank you, Lin Ryan, your Garden is lovely with a number of rare plants. Our walk through St Joseph's Village was very pleasant, it was interesting to see all different court yards. Thank you, Shirley Kearney for arranging the visit.
March 23rd - Mansfield.
Meet at U3A carpark at 9.30am. BYO Morning tea. We are going to Mansfield to visit Concepts Garden Art Work, Crosby Lane, Mansfield and the lovely town garden of Helen Hookey. This will be followed by lunch at Delatite Hotel, Mansfield. Following lunch, you may like to visit the Mansfield Nursery.
April 27th - Bus Trip to Bendigo
Meet at Rose Garden, Benalla Royal Hotel, no later than 8.00am, to board the bus to visit The Great Stupa Gardens (12) peace park, and wander in this unique space. Accessibility: A Buggy is available if required for people with mobility issues.
The cost of the tour is $68 which includes travel, entry, morning tea with cakes and slices, a 2 Course Lunch (main and sweets), at the Bendigo R.S.L. Drinks at own cost. The $68 is to be paid by the end of March or early April. Please let me know if you have any Dietary requirements.
If you are attending any of our outings, Gwen needs to know numbers for the bus and catering. Contact Gwen on her Mobile 0438627010 or her email email@example.com if you are planning to attend.
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 0438 627 010
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