Gwen Turner and Corrie Witlox
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 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.
A warm welcome to our members new and old.
On February 23rd we will meet at the U3A car park 9.30am to car pool to go to the first garden which is at my place, 2/67 Arundel Street, Holy Trinity Close.
Gwen's beautiful garden, Holy Trinity Close, Arundel Street
After morning tea and a walk around the garden we will visit the garden of Lin Ryan at 31 Crofton Street; then visit St. Joseph’s Village, Bridge Street, Benalla West, for a walk through some of the court-yard gardens open to us, including the court-yard garden of Shirley and Dan Kearney.
Morning tea will be at my place. Please bring small plate to share - tea, coffee, milk and hot water will be available. Please bring your own cups.
Lunch will be at the Royal Hotel Benalla.
On March 23rd we will visit Concepts Garden Works (CAOS), Crosby Lane, Mansfield. Lunch will be at the Delatite Hotel, Mansfield followed by a visit to Mansfield Nursery. Morning tea details later.
Please let me know if you are attending the February outing as I need numbers for hospitality, etc. Phone or text me on 0438 627 010 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
We visited many beautiful gardens, large and small, met lovely people and had great time. Our last outing was to Winton Wetlands café. The presentation, given by Rine Cooper, was very interesting. The presentation was followed by lunch and lots of chatting.
We miss Ruth & Alan Marquand and Marilyn Fry who are now unable to attend through illness. To all who are unwell or are caring for ones they love in recovery, you are in our thoughts.
We look forward to seeing you all next year.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Stay safe 🥂🍾🎉🌲
The next Garden Appreciation activity will take place on November 24th. Please meet at U3A Carpark at 11.15am to travel to Mokoan Hub Cafe (Winton Wetlands) for lunch and a presentation on the History of Wetlands Bird Life and Flora.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are attending this event and if you have any dietary requirements.
Thank you for your get well wishes. I had Covid and now I have a virus. I should be OK soon. A speedy recovery to all the other people who are unwell.
Contact Gwen on 0438 627 010 or Email email@example.com
Garden Appreciation's planned excursion to Caos Concepts and the Snow Gum Nursery in Mansfield on Thursday 27th October has been adjourned to 2023 as Gwen is quite unwell. There have also been quite a number of cancellations. Please pass this message on to anyone who may not have an email.
September - 'The Falls Garden, Longwood'
September’s bus trip to the Falls in Longwood - what a Fantastic Garden! We were greeted by Marcel and her Garden team and invited to a lovely morning tea baked by team. A tour of the Gardens was then undertaken by 55 U3A members, who all had a wonderful day. Lunch at Seven Creek’s Hotel in Euroa was delicious and Benalla Bus driver Mick just great.
Thursday October 27 - Caos Concepts in Mansfield
Meet at U3A Carpark at 9.30am to travel to Caos Concepts in Mansfield. A Steel Garden Art Works, it is located in Crosby’s Lane, Mansfield. Lunch will be at the Delatite Hotel in Mansfield. We will also visit Snow Gum Nursery at 120 High Street, Mansfield.
Gwen Turner – 0438 627 010
Avid U3A Benalla photographer Bev Thornell described being "lucky to nab a spare seat at the last minute" on the packed bus for Garden Appreciation's trip to The Falls Garden at Longwood in September.. Bev posted the following photos and story on our FB page.
A packed bus left Benalla at 9am on Thursday 22 September for U3A Garden Appreciation's trip to THE FALLS Garden at Longwood, via Euroa. What a wonderful setting it enjoys, nestled in a sheltered dip, surrounded by those Granitic Strathbogie Hills.
First developed by the Cameron Family in the 60's, it was bought by the Ball Family in early 2000's. They contracted Landscape Designer Robert Boyle to create the 12-acre Oasis, to complement the existing small Vineyard, comprising the main Lake with Fountain and Pavilion, several little ponds, more fountains, Vegetable Garden, magnificent stonework walls and and bridges, Ornamental Trees, including mature Cork Oaks, and the lovely natural Waterfalls to one side, opposite the main house, trickling down the rocky slope. Four natural springs and Nine Mile Creek feed water into the property, keeping it well watered all year round.
Our group, on arrival, was treated to morning tea in the Lake Pavilion, then sent off to explore the gravel paths, each leading to a "Room". In one Room, Pan the Piper is a "Sitting Duck" for local birds to rest!
After a long ramble, we were bussed to Euroa's Seven Creeks Hotel, which was packed with holiday diners, hence the affable staff were run off their feet! However, once our orders were taken, meals emerged promptly. The Bar Staff naturally did a roaring trade. Many thanks to our convenor Gwen Turner and also Corrie Witlox for your expert organisation, especially the warm weather, and thanks also to Matt from Benalla Bus Lines for driving us safely, even when we had a long wait to turn right onto the busy Hume (with the help of 40+ backseat drivers).
*N.B.The Falls Open Garden is on the weekend of 19/20 November. $12 entry.
Story and Photographs - Bev Thornell - U3A Benalla Facebook page, 23 September 2022
Coming Up - 'The Falls Garden, Longwood' in September and 'Mansfield Concepts Garden Artworks' in October
September 22nd: Meet at 9am at the Rose Garden near the Royal Hotel for our Bus trip to The Falls, Longwood. The Falls Garden is based at the foot of a unique natural waterfall fed by the Nine Mile Creek. Centred around a majestic lake and pavilion, the 12-acre garden features expansive laws with large native and a vast selection of ornamental deciduous trees. Cost of bus, entry and morning tea is $37.00. Lunch will be at the Seven Creeks Hotel, Euroa, at own cost. Bookings, phone Gwen Turner on 0438 627 010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Payment is due in the 1st week of September and can be left at the RedB4 Bookshop. Please include your name on the envelope.
October 27th: Meet at the U3A Carpark at 9.30am for a trip to Mansfield Concepts Garden Art Works (CAOS), Crosby’s Lane, Mansfield. Lunch at the Delatite Hotel, Mansfield, followed by a visit to Mansfield Nursery.
This month’s activity was held in the U3A room in the Seniors building. In a session on flower arranging titled 'From the Garden', Melissa Mounsey demonstrated all her wonderful Floral Art skills using various plants including succulents, small tree branches, various coloured leaves, parsley (yes, parsley), flowers and buds. Melissa showed how to display all these plants to make the most of their individual lengths, colours and shapes.
It was a worth-while activity which was followed by lunch at the Royal.
There will be no activity in August, however on Thursday 22 September Garden Appreciation will be going to ‘The Falls’ Garden’ at Longwood East.
The Falls Garden is based at the foot of a unique natural waterfall fed by the Nine Mile Creek. Centred around a majestic lake and pavilion, the 12 acre garden features expansive lawns with large native and a vast selection of ornamental deciduous trees.
The cost of bus, entry and morning tea is $37.00. Lunch will be at the Seven Creeks Hotel, Euroa, at own cost.
Bookings, phone Gwen Turner on 0438 627 010 or email email@example.com Payment due 1st week of September, and can be left at the RedB4 Bookshop. Please include your name on the envelope.
On 4th October, Benalla U3A Garden Appreciation members have been invited to visit Wangaratta U3A for an enjoyable gathering and plant swap. Further details in the September Newsletter.
What a wonderful outing we had in June, even though it was a rainy and cold day. Firstly, we visited St. Matthew Anglican Church in Albury which was burnt down in November 1991 and has now been restored to its original beauty. Apart for some small changes such as using pane glass (for extra light and better connection with the garden outside) instead of stained-glass windows it was a really pleasant experience.
We then paid a visit to Adamshurst Mansion and Gardens in Albury. What a hidden gem. Not only the building and gardens, but also the owners of the property, St Matthew’s Father Peter and his mother Sandra MacLeod-Miller. Following a variety of activities in its life such as Albury High School Girls’ Hostel, a restaurant and function centre, in 1944 it was taken over by the Airforce, a Rehabilitation and Day Care Centre in 1978, the home is once again a residence and now also a concert venue. The restoration of the gardens has begun, with plantings of crepe myrtle (Indian Lilacs-sometimes called the Pride of India), pryus callryana, magnolias, Wollemia Pine, Bunya Bunya Pine, and other plantings referencing Indian and colonial influences.
Then we entered the house for morning tea and were treated to a ‘history’ lesson of the house by Father Peter and his mother. This dissertation was highlighted with humor and a light-hearted history lesson. Since taking possession of the property, Father Peter has had the house renovated back to its original Indian period and furnished with the same influences. The Ballroom contains a pipe organ from Yorkshire and has hosted some of Australia’s greatest musical talents, including Greta Bradman, Sally-Anne Russell, instrumental soloists and ensembles, organists and pianists.
The Library, which has marble flooring and Florentine Blue glass leadlight windows, has recently become home to two harpsicords. We were very lucky to be able to take time to look through the rooms in the house. There was so much to see, memorabilia of Albury’s musical and cultural past. Adamshurst as an artistic social and cultural hub has also held musical receptions for the now Governor General, his excellency General David Hurley and Mrs Hurley.
A new grand piano was installed for a recent concert by an up and coming young Australian pianist, and we were treated to a couple of tunes by Father Peter. We were also treated to some music by one of the visitors on the day, thank you, Judy.
Lunch was taken at Borella Café, followed by some therapy shopping at Peard’s Nursery.
Thank you so much, Gwen, for researching and organising this wonderful outing to Albury. It was greatly appreciated, as is the work you put into making all the outings for the Garden Appreciation Group so interesting and informative.
July 28th Floral Arrangement ‘From The Garden’ By Melissa Mounsey. If you have anything in the garden that Melissa could use, bring it along, it will be most welcome. We will meet in U3A Room at 9 .45am. Please bring a small plate of morning tea to share. Tea and Coffee available for you, lunch at Royal Hotel
As August will be Garden Appreciation’s winter break there will no activities during that month.
On September 22nd there will be a bus trip to ‘The Falls’ in Longwood East, a stunning garden blooming in between a lake and a Waterfall. If you find walking around difficult, there is a lovely spot to sit. Lunch, at own cost, will be at Seven Creeks Hotel Euroa after we have been to the falls. The cost for the Bus, Entry to The Falls garden and Morning tea is $37.00 per person. Bookings for Bus Trip - either phone or email me - 0438627010, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Money to be in by the first week in September. I will be away from 30 July to 28th August, however, money can be left at the RedB4 Bookshop next to Hide’s Bakery in Bridge Street. Please put your name on the envelope.
Photographs - Gwen Turner and David Palmer
On Thursday 23rd June we will visit St Matthews Church and Garden in Kiewa Street, Albury followed by a visit to Father Peter ‘s private home and garden for BYO morning tea in the ballroom followed by viewing of the garden. Lunch will be at the Borella Cafe, Pearce Nursery, Borella Road, Albury.
The bus will leave from the Royal Hotel end of the Gardens at 8.30am. The cost is $22 per person.
Please ring me on 0438 627 010 if you would like to attend. Payment of money can be left at the RedB4 Bookshop next to Hide’s Bakery. Please put your name on envelope and garden application.
This trip is open to members of U3A to ensure that we have a full bus for the trip. However, please do not just turn up on the day expecting to join the trip if you have not booked prior. If you wish to attend, ring or text me 0438 627 010, or email me on email@example.com
May - 'Beautiful Benalla Gardens'
On May 26th we visited two town gardens.
Morning tea was delicious - thank you Dawn and friends. A lovely garden with a wombat or two and lots of fun beautiful things
Then we went to Arlene's garden with large camellias, trees and shrubs. Arlene’s garden had many memories for some of us, following a visit many years ago.
This garden visit was followed by lunch at Golf Club.
It was such a great day out!
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 or 0438 627 010