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
    • 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-

Wicking garden beds – how & why & more –

Ann and Darryl Starkey welcome you to their garden.

When: Saturday 13th April – 10:00 for a 10:30 start
Where: 15 Oxleys Road Kettering – plenty of parking available
Ann and Darryl will share their journey of 12 years from a bare paddock but for one tree to their oasis in Kettering. It is a wonderful garden of ‘rooms’ with good use of natural and man made walls, fences and sculptures. I am sure you will find something that appeals.
They will share with you how they build wicking beds, how they use them, their successes and less successful moments. An honest approach.

RSVP by 10 April to Stan and Daniela Sheppard – Events Coordinators 0448194058 and check the wicking bed links that Ann & Darryl found useful.
What to bring: A plate of delicious food to share and your own cup.
The club will supply: Hot water, tea, coffee, etc etc

We hope to see you there.

April: Monday 1st Meeting @ 7:00PM – Guest Speaker – Margot White (RTBG) talking about all things tomatoes, heirlooms, how the RTBG chooses what they grow to sell, heroes and more.
Members please bring: # Examples of different types of tomatoes you have grown this season. Our club members chose 110 varieties from the 220 the RTBG. You are not restricted to RTBG varieties. As your tomatoes may be finished by April 1st take some photos with a name tag and we can display these. Send your images to us.
# what do do with your tomatoes – chutney, sauce, passata, dried & …. – bring some samples for others to try. We will provide some bread, crackers, cheese and wine.

The President of Garden Clubs Australia (GCA), Mr George Hoad, was in Hobart last weekend as part of the GCA’s consideration of the venue for its bi-ennial Convention to be held in 2021. (This year’s convention will be held on Norfolk Island.) The Governor, Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner, hosted a reception at Government House for Mr Hoad on Friday 8th March. Representatives of Southern Zone Clubs attended the Reception, including from the South Channel Garden Club.
On Saturday 9th March, Mr Hoad, accompanied by Heather Prior, the GCA Sothern Zone Coordinator, visited the Channel and Huon Valley. While in the Channel, Mr Hoad was Guest of Honour at a lunch at Five Bob Cafe at Birch’s Bay where he met members of the South Channel Garden Club and other regional clubs to see how well placed these clubs were to support the national Convention in Hobart. As part of his visit, Mr Hoad was shown around the gardens at Five Bob Farm by owners Chris Read and Sue Small as well as Head Gardener Jessica Knight.
Should the GCA choose to have its Convention in Hobart in 2019, the Club should consider how it can contribute to the success of the Convention. This will be a subject for discussion at Club Meetings in due course – once the outcome of Mr Hoad’s visit is known. Thanks to the efforts of Chris Read and Sue Small, the kitchen staff at Five Bob Cafe and the organisational skills of Regina Neumann we have made an excellent start.

March: Monday 4th Meeting @ 7:30PM – Guest Speaker – Marcus Ragus formerly of RTBG speaking about how plants communicate,plants having memory, upside down theory and the relationships between plants in nature.

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.
Stan and Daniela Sheppard – Events Coordinators

February: Monday 4th Meeting @ 7:30PM – cancellation of Middleton Fair due to bushfire

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