The Ulladulla and Districts Garden Club has never been as busy now that spring is in the air.
Guest speaker for the last meeting was Greg Edwards from Sanctuary Point Garden Centre.
He told members that as spring approaches his stock increases twofold.
Membership for the club is at an all-time high for the year.
The group now has more than 180 enthusiastic members.
At each monthly meeting we fill the hall with plant and flower displays, library borrowing and plenty of time for questions.
The new banner depicts the beautiful Blandfordia nobilis or Native Christmas Bells that are prolific in the wild along the sandstone coastal heath and mountainous areas of the NSW coast.
Garden Club members are playing a significant role in the re-invigoration of the gardens and grounds at the Dunn Lewis Centre.
Members interested in attending the Dedication Day on Thursday, September 19, at 11am at the Dunn Lewis Centre need to confirm their attendance at the next general meeting.
This will be a very special day for members as plaques for members no longer with us will be placed in our allotted garden.
The group will be showing slides of the gardens taken before, during and after our efforts to date.
The cost is $5.
Please pay and confirm your attendance with Val at the August meeting.
On Saturday, August 3, members were divided.
Many went on a trip to Graeme Oke’s camellia garden and the camellia show at Berry.
Others spent the day barbecuing at Bunnings.
Any money raised through these barbecues will go towards the Zone Day in September.
September 30 is the Zone Friendship Day – an event not to be missed, being held at the ex-Servos, South Ulladulla.
As this is such a popular event, auditorium seating is now completely booked.
Lunch orders with correct money must be given to the activities helpers at the August 26 meeting.
Members of the public are invited to browse and buy at the many stalls available in the Heritage Room and outdoor courtyard. Public entry is by a Wishing Well donation for the Salvation Army.
On Thursday, October 17, the bus will depart at 8.30am for Berry Open Gardens.
Cost including coach travel, morning tea and garden entry is $45 per person.
Tuesday November 5 is Melbourne Cup day.
The garden club horses are tethered and raring to go.
Organiser John Steadman has even obtained a special Melbourne Cup for the winner.
The garden club year culminates with a “Christmas by the Sea” Christmas lunch on December 9.
The August plant of the month is Foliage of any sort and the competition is the best display of Foliage.
Last month’s craft competition winners were Val Hemphrey for her cross stitch dog and Diane Broadley for her mosaic duck.
Along with the dedicated committee the garden club has a very enthusiastic team of support helpers.
They help with the library, competitions, prizes, trading tables, entrance and welcoming members and visitors, question and answers, morning teas, setting up of the hall and display tables.
A monthly newsletter helps members with gardening tips and keeps them up to date with club activities.
Members with email addresses are reminded that they can have the newsletter sent to them, arriving a few days before the meeting.
The group has competitions, trading tables, prizes and great tea and coffee, all for $1 entry.
Doors open at 9am on Monday, August 26, for a 9.30am start.
The guest speaker is Peter Still from Acacia House in Milton.
He will be telling us all there is to know about Waratahs.
Members are reminded of the work being undertaken at the civic centre with fewer car spaces available and are advised to park in unrestricted zones.
Come and enjoy a friendly Monday morning with the garden club at St Martins Church Hall. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
For more information contact the Secretary at PO Box 263 Ulladulla NSW.