HAPPY TO SHARE: Jenny Taylor and Frank O'Brian (pictured above and below in their Power St garden) are hosting this Saturday's Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society meeting.
HAPPY TO SHARE: Jenny Taylor and Frank O'Brian (pictured above and below in their Power St garden) are hosting this Saturday's Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society meeting.

Sharing is caring in Gympie Horticulture Society members' gardens

SHARING is one thing but does it make you selfish if you don't want to impart your knowledge about gardening in general?

This is totally up to each individual - some people do whereas others don't want to share but Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society encourages members to participate and bring along cuttings, plants, magazines, fruit, vegetables and the like for the raffle prizes which are drawn at the end of each monthly meeting.

If something interesting is happening (first flower in 10 years, for example) or you simply want answers (like what's causing disease in your fruit trees) why not share it at this Saturday's meeting at Frank O'Brian and Jenny Taylor's residence on Power St, Gympie from 2pm.

Jenny Taylor and Frank Frank O'Brian in their Power St garden.
Jenny Taylor and Frank Frank O'Brian in their Power St garden.

William Pledger was delighted when asked to be this month's guest speaker as he has always wanted to share his knowledge about the most common snakes found in gardens.

They are eastern brown, red-bellied black, coastal carpet, yellow-faced whip, common tree, brown tree and keelbacks.

"The more people know about snakes the better. Some of them get killed when they are simply harmless,” William says.

You'll be surprised to see some snakes (fake ones) attached really well to Frank and Jenny's trees; these were used to deter peewees.

"The butcherbirds have taken off with some of the snakes,” Franks said. "Once gone they are never found. I've bought quite a few over the years.”

You'll notice there are quite a few plants for sale along Frank and Jenny's driveway, all for definitely affordable prices with the majority of them grown from their own garden.

This would not have happened if it wasn't for Frank being bored (he used to work as a baker) during the day.

Surprisingly people drop off unwanted plants which are either in the way or no longer fit in with their new garden landscape.

Frank and Jenny were recently given a tray of desert roses and have given these plants a new home by placing them inside plastic salad bowls, purchased from discount shops. Frank doesn't mind swapping their plants with other plants as he is only interested in recovering expenses such as fertilisers, potting mixes and containers.

Don't forget the Gympie Garden Expo will be held on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at the Pavilion at the Gympie showgrounds.

This is your opportunity to learn more about gardening from well-known guest speakers Annette McFarlane, Tom Wyatt and Uncle Eugene Bargo, and also purchase plants and other garden-related items.

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