Green thumbs visit gardens

Gladys Gear, Essie Bird and Lynne Anson have the company of the koala in Judy Matthews’ garden.
Gladys Gear, Essie Bird and Lynne Anson have the company of the koala in Judy Matthews’ garden. Contributed

PERFECT weather heralded Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society members' visit to Judy Matthews Woolooga residence last Saturday.

A record turnout of members took advantage of the glorious weather to travel by Polleys coach to Woolooga, sitting back and relaxing on the bus while taking in the spectacular countryside with the cattle happily grazing in the lush green paddocks west of Gympie.

Those who attended were very interested in listening to Jason Peoples, the first guest speaker for the year, talk about various Neutrog fertiliser products that are available.

Everyone received a bag of goodies (a 230g container of Rocket Fuel and a 120ml of GoGo Juice) from Jason to use in their garden.

Jason recommended using Seamungus, which has been specifically designed to help establish young plants.

It is also suitable to use in dry conditions as it has seaweed, fish, humic acid and manure.

Neutrog suits commercial growers, ordinary gardeners and also schools.

The Rocket Fuel has been donated to Wondai and Kin Kin state schools, the only two schools in Queensland to have benefited from Neutrog's assistance with growing healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

If you want to learn more about Neutrog fertilisers refer to

There were two gardens on display, those of Judy Matthews and Colleen Gear, and they worked tirelessly and long hours to have their magnificent gardens ready.

Members admired the garden ornaments in Judy Matthews' garden, taking particular interest in native animals and the Aboriginal family beneath the large trees and palms.

After Judy's garden the members visited Colleen Gear's garden nearby and noticed an interesting plant named ice cream bean tree, with broad, glossy, dark green leaves and grey bark.

During the flowering season it bears large clusters of white flowers and inside the pods, when ripe and split, it tastes like vanilla ice cream.

Guest speaker for Saturday, March 17, is Noel Burdette.

What garden to visit: Maleny Botanic Garden 233 Maleny-Stanley River Rd, April 22, from 9am to 4.30pm Cost: $10 adults, $8 pensioners, children free. It is a great way to raise money for Sunshine Coast Community Hospice. Please keep this day free and attend this impressive garden.

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