Calendar of Events for 2019

Meetings start at 7.30pm followed by a speaker at 8pm followed by supper. Held at the Middleton Community Hall, 25 McDowall Street.

For further information contact Daniela or Stan Sheppard, Events Coordinators, on email

Garden Conversations for 2019 – what we might see.
    • small cottage garden – Spring (September – October)
    • established garden (in some state of disrepair) recently acquired – journey of hard work
    • Boardwalk garden – what can be done starting with a small dam – started in June 2018
    • Wicking garden beds – how & why & more – could be a workshop???
    • Vines and gardens – Trial Bay – negotiating

June / July – Mid Winter Feast / Christmas in July

June: Monday 3rd Meeting @ 7:30PM Guest Speaker (tba)

May: Monday 6th Meeting @ 7:30PM – Guest Speaker TBC Manager Woolmer’s Estate talking roses-

April: Monday 1st Meeting @ 7:30PM – Guest Speaker – Margot from RTBG – Celebration of all things Tomatoes. Members bought 101 varieties of the 200 available so we should have a lot to display and talk about.

March: Monday 4th Meeting @ 7:30PM – Guest Speaker – Marcus Ragus formerly of RTBG speaking about how plants communicate, Gondwana plants
March: Saturday 23rd (am) Government House visit at RTBG and after lunch a guided tour by Marcus Ragus through RTBG Gondwana section. Members to organise car pooling for transport.

February: Monday 4th Meeting @ 7:30PM – review and celebration of Cafe & Hall at Middleton Fair

January: Monday 21st Meeting @ 7:30PM – to organise Cafe and Hall – Middleton Fair

Calendar of Events for 2018

DECEMBER Christmas Lunch – Sunday 2 Dec – Jill & Bernard’s place from 12:30 Details & RSVP –

November Garden Conversation – Sunday 11 Nov at 2pm at the home and garden of Anne Le Fevre at Eggs and Bacon Bay.  Bring a plate to share.  Anne will have plant sales.

November Meeting – Monday 5 Nov

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by Letitia Ware talking about garlic growing plus a general discussion on the sights, sounds and smells from the Bus Trip and also ideas for our 50th year celebrations (2019).

BUS TRIP to Richmond – Saturday 3 November  – we will visit 3 gardens and the cost to Garden Club members is $24.  Limited places on the bus so book your place asap with Jill Griffiths

October Garden Conversation – Sunday 28 Oct at 2pm at the home and garden of Jana Weiss at Birches Bay.  Bring a plate to share.

October Meeting – Monday 1 Oct

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by our guest speaker Dr Annick Ansselin, botanic artist.

September Meeting – Monday 3 Sept

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by a talk given by Jane Teniswood from Blooming Tasmania.

August – AGM – Monday 6 August at 7.30pm – to be followed by a short general meeting –  please come along and thank the out-going committee members and to welcome in the new committee members.  Wine and cheese to follow.

July – No meeting – Mid-Winter Feast – Friday 20 July 6.30pm for 7pm at the West Winds Community Centre, Woodbridge.

Sadly this event had to be cancelled due to the poor response from members, we will try again next winter.

June Meeting – Monday 4 June

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by a Gardening Q and A hosted by Stan and Daniela.

Send your gardening questions to Stan the week before the meeting so that the panel can have so time to prepare answers.

May Meeting – Monday 7 May 

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by ‘Sharing your Preserving Recipes and Ideas’

This will be an autumn harvest meeting with tastings and displays of produce.  Members are asked to bring along preserves, dried or bottled fruits and other results of their summer/autumn harvests together with receipes to share.

Now that the season of plentiful produce is nearing a close we would like you to share what you have done to preserve one fruit or vegetable so that other club members can learn from you.
Bring: Chosen fruit or vegetable (fresh or picture form). Sample/s of how you preserved it for members to see and to taste.
Talk about: How you preserved it. Successes, tips and pitfalls (traps for young players). How do you use it? Sweet, savoury. What is your favourite way to use it?
Q&A:  2 minutes (strict)
Recipes: Bring a copy so we can share it with our members.
After the meeting: Supper will include both savoury (biscuits, cheese) and sweet (scones etc) items to which people can enjoy with your preserves, jams etc.

Garden Conversations – Sunday 29 April at 2pm – for Garden Club members only

Trevor and Rob’s garden, corner of Channel Why and Flowerpot Jetty Rd, Flowerpot. Come and see a garden started in 2014. It contains a ‘Mediterranean Room’ set amongst park like grounds with a greenhouse, raised vegetable gardens, chickens and fruit trees. It was an old cherry farm owned by Ted and Sue Domeney prior to Trevor and Rob buying it. The original house that was built in 1885 will be able to be a part of this Garden Conversation. I am in discussions with Ted who said he may be available to share his knowledge of the house.

RSVP Monday 23rd April to  Bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. Coffee and tea will be available.

April Meeting – Monday 9 April (note date change as first Monday is Easter)

Meeting at 7.30pm followed by speaker – Heather Pryor “Growing Cottage Garden Plants”

March Meeting – Monday 5 March

Meeting at 7.30pm – followed by speaker – Dan Meldrum from Gardners Bay with vegetable seedlings for sale.

February Meeting – Monday 5 February

Meeting at 7.30pm – followed by speaker – Lindy Campbell from Island Herbs with ideas on sowing now for winter herbs and flowers.

The Middleton Fair – Saturday 3 February – Middleton Community Hall

This event is our major fundraiser for the year and as usual we will be running the cafe serving delicious mixed sandwiches, home-made scones with raspberry jam and cream plus a variety of teas and plunger coffee.

If you would like to help out with serving at table, washing up in the kitchen or arranging our display in the Community Hall please contact Jan Harrison on email