This is a gallery of past events, garden visits, excursions, and community projects.
Australian Plants Expo – September 2017
People queued at the doors half an hour before we were due to open, ready to speed in and find that special treasure that was published on the plant list. The visitors worked their way around the halls and corridor engaging with helpers and stallholders then stopping for a delicious Devonshire tea before finishing their plant shopping or picking up books. Children raced around excitedly finding their targets whether plant specimens or small Aussie animal replicas as they filled in their booklets. Speakers and demonstrators inspired their audiences with botanical art, wonderful native bonsai and a seasonal garden story about the tiny creatures that call our garden home.
As well as a stunning display of named flowers in both halls, what great displays were made from some of the unnamed flowers, in baskets and vases, which also adorned the entrance and foyer.
Here is a link to most of the flower specimens on display. Flower Display
Below is just a small selection of photos taken at the expo, of both flower specimens contributed by members, and of other displays and stalls. Thankyou to Ben Eaton, Leanne Stute, and Jill Lulham for images.
Garden Visit to Yallaroo Gardens in Narre Warren South – May 2017
This was a combined visit with APS Maroondah Group to Bob and Dot O’Neill’s garden on a fine day in late May. Bob and Dot are currently the Correa Study Group leaders. Their previous garden was the magnificent, expansive Katandra Gardens of 8 acres in Wandin North, also a B&B. Their present garden is smaller but no less impressive, for their 6 years of work there. Soil was introduced to raise the garden beds, providing better drainage for the plants on the flat block. They prefer hand watering, as plants in the same garden beds always have differing water requirements. Bob propagates many of his plants from cutting material and plants given to him by APS members and other friends. Below are just some of the plants seen flowering on the day.
Native Plant & Book Sale – Sept 2016
Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Yarra Yarra Display of Acacias (wattles)
Some images from our display of approximately 40 species of Acacia at the festival 28th August 2016.
May Plant Sale 2016
1st Sunday in May: As you can see we had great weather this year, and a big crowd. An outdoor event, it is on, come rain or shine, and is a great time to be planting in your garden.
Australian Plants Expo September 2015
2nd weekend in September: Our biggest event of the year brings out the crowds. It’s all undercover at the Eltham Community & Reception Centre, which is sadly not available to us in 2016. There’s a huge flower display from all our members’ gardens, at least 6 different plant stalls, and other exhibits from Birds Australia, APS Maroondah, and more.
Garden visits / Excursions 2015-16
Mill Park garden April 2016
This private garden is packed full of interesting plants, and plenty to enjoy all year round. There are even plantings underneath the clothesline 🙂 The owner has many in hanging baskets and pots as well, in order to fit everything in.
Monash University gardens February 2016:
This was a joint APS Vic group excursion. A guided tour was provided by the Head Gardener, and the history behind its development explained.