New garden view
RAELENE Kross has opened her Southside garden to Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society members for the first time since becoming a member in January, 2007.
The meeting on Saturday was held under overcast conditions and the few light showers failed to dampen the members' spirits or their enthusiasm.
They enjoyed visiting four gardens within close proximity and also listening to Noel Burdette, a contributor for Subtropical Gardening and About the Garden magazines.
Noel has a passion for cottage gardens, unusual and rare plants, and one of his favourite plant is the iris.
The single stem flower competitions were well supported by members and the lucky winner was Jeanette Breen with her bright yellow golden spider lily.
Noel was so captivated with the true beauty of the medium spiky petals that he gave runner-up to Lynne Anson for her warm red dahlia.
The guest speaker also judged plants. Norm Breen was awarded first prize for his tillandsia and Linda Percival came second for her bromeliad.
These winners were congratulated and each given a Searles book by Noel, with the runners-up each receiving $5 prizemoney from Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society.
Noel said cottage gardens were originally vegetables, fruits and herbs but the trend had changed tremendously over the years.
He said these gardens were now created in a more naturalistic approach using lots of different types of plants.
Noel really liked the evergreen camellia hedges in Raelene's small garden as very few gardeners contemplate having formal gardens.
None the less, the camellia sasanquas are an ideal plant to have in any garden as they can withstand drought, frost and wet conditions in full sun positions.
Members were ecstatic when they found out that a coach trip has been organised by Val Vidler to visit the Maleny Botanic Gardens on Saturday, April 14. If interested please contact Val on 5482 7146.
Gardeners are encouraged to enter into the garden competitions of the Gympie Garden Expo by filling out and returning the completed forms to The Gympie Times as soon as possible.
There are fantastic prizes to be won.