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Colleen Gear with the garden she has worked on all her life. A feature of the garden at present is the flowering Colvillea.
Colleen Gear with the garden she has worked on all her life. A feature of the garden at present is the flowering Colvillea.

GYMPIE Municipal Horticultural Society members will visit not one, but two, gardens for their next meeting on Saturday, February 18.

Within a 30-minute drive of Gympie, the first stop will be Judy Matthews' tropical paradise created with many years of hard labour.

Judy moved to Woolooga in 1979 to be with her husband Ray, and their original country garden only had a fig tree, three jacarandas and four white cedars.

This garden has since expanded to include July's large collection of palms, one of her favourites being the Licuala Granvile palm.

This is a beautiful tropical palm that grows well as long it is moist, semi-shaded and protected from strong wind. It also does well in pots.

Palms are a versatile plant in that the seeds, leaves and fronds can be used in floral arrangements as Dezley Hughes demonstrated at the recent Ginger Flower & Food Festival.

The second garden on the society's February 18 viewing itinerary is that of Colleen Gear which is within a few kilometres of Judy's garden.

Colleen has lived in the old country-style home all her life.

There are very exciting things happening in Colleen's garden with her Colvillea tree flowering for the first time, showing off its spectacular bright orange flowers that are bright red in bud.

These flowers also can be seen in Gympie's Memorial Park behind Mary St.

For the keen gardeners who like to use organic fertilisers, Jason Peoples from Adelaide has been invited to talk about Neutrog fertilisers and also has time to answer any questions from members.

Please remember to bring your hat, chair and a plate to share, and do not forget to meet at Jaycee Way at 12.30pm for a 12.45pm departure to Woolooga.

Topics:  flowers gardening gympie municipal horticulture society

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