The March meeting was attended by fewer than expected with only 40 plus members. After the formal meeting the members were addressed by Sonja Grant from Bodalla Nursery.
Sonja explained how she and her husband are endeavouring to create a nursery that helps gardeners to plan the garden they wish to establish by carefully considering the style and size, so the best plants can be selected to achieve the desired result.
Sonja went on to explain that gardening and garden designs are always changing as people's living circumstances and fashions change.
She pointed out that many gardeners now have smaller areas to create gardens in. Older people are moving to villas and units, while younger people are often living on smaller blocks of land.
The confined area available means gardeners are more selective with plants to suit the chosen style/theme of their garden. Fortunately there are many dwarf varieties of plants available, to help create the desired effect.
Her plan is for the nursery to provide and advise on plant selection to achieve the best results for gardeners. After Sonja's address, her assistant Annette Balton, answered questions from the members about gardening problems they were experiencing.
President Magda Smyth thanked both ladies for their entertaining and educational talk.
On March 9 a coach-load of members travelled to the Goulburn rose festival and enjoyed the show and gardens they visited.
Some 25 members enjoyed a relaxing, friendly barbecue at Nelligen on April 5. With plenty of tasty food and a sunny, mild day, members mingled and chatted until early afternoon.
Members were very impressed when they were treated to a visit to Brenda and John Jones' garden on April 11. The garden was very neat and tidy with a substantial bonsai display; a real credit to both Brenda and John.
As usual there was an array of delicious treats for morning tea. Again after thanking the Jones, members relaxed and chatted on a beautiful autumn morning.
In September members are planning a visit to Mayfield Gardens near Oberon with several side visits included.
The Club will hold its next meeting on April 25 in the Anglican Church hall at 2pm. Visitors and guests are always welcome.