Garden Club

Meetings are held in the Cherry Gardens Uniting Church meeting room, at 7.30pm usually on the 2nd Monday of the month from February to November.

President: Ray Wise: or 0405 273 003
Secretary: Shirley Callaghan: or 0403 801 916


Monday 8th July - Winter Warmers.
An evening of soup and slices. Please bring a gardening Tip or Trick you can share with others. Please note early start at 6.30pm

Monday 12th Aug. A.G.M.
All positions become vacant.
Annual subs due. Quiz Night.


Although it will be generally cold and wet this month there are a few jobs to do in the garden.

  • Plant or tidy up your strawberry patch and fertilize them.

  • Prune grapevines and roses if there is a nice sunny day, but there is no hurry.

  • Plant out bare rooted deciduous fruit trees now as they are cheaper than potted stock in spring and summer. Make sure to check for cross pollination needs before purchase.

  • If you keep chooks, gather the manure and spread it out with some mulch and dig it in ready for an early planting of summer veggies.

  • Now is a good time of the year for major garden renovation jobs - the soil is moist; it is cooler and much better than working in the heat of summer.

  • Plant out pansy, snapdragon, and stocks. Rhubarb, onions and lettuce can go in as well


Our club took the great opportunity, while he was visiting SA for the Murray Bridge Garden Club 100th year celebrations, to invite as our May speaker, well-travelled, well known, great gardener, entertainer and The President of The Garden Clubs of Australia, Mr. George Hoad. He was accompanied by the new Zone coordinator, Julie Mayer.

George refreshed our knowledge of the history, purpose and structure of The Garden Clubs of Australia, showed us a presentation of his selection of the best gardens in England and then lead us and encouraged us in a time of singing and fun.

The goal of The Garden Clubs of Australia (GCA) is to extend the culture of friendship through gardening by Garden Club affiliation. Though clubs are autonomous The Garden Clubs of Australia can also offer advice and ideas.

The founder of GCA and President 1950-1971 was Margaret Davis MBE OAM 1908-2000.

Within a decade of being opened in 1950 GCA had 2,000 members.

Margaret was quite a lady! Her grandmother gave her a flying lesson for her 18th and she became the 2nd lady in Australia to gain her flying license. In the 1970’s with Associations incorporated and a new constitution the Zone system began. There are now over 45,000 members in 57 zones throughout Australia. A Website was established in 2018.

After receiving this interesting GCA information we settled down to enjoy “Pretty Pictures”, among them pictures of Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Prince Charles’ garden Highgrove, and George’s favorites from The Chelsea Flower show.

We concluded with George leading us in his famous song and dance attended by much hilarity. George drew the door prize for us, and we all had a sumptuous supper after the usual plant auction of members grown plants.