Tuppy Drabsch and three of the members of Forbes Garden Club travelled to Ulladulla to attend the Garden Clubs of Australia biennial conference held in the town Civic Centre.
President George Hoad was the MC and 20 committee members organised and welcomed 220 members from NSW and Interstate to the AGM meeting.
The committee was elected and awards given out followed by lunch.
The guest speaker was Anthea Guthrie, a garden designer from Wales in the United Kingdom sponsored by Botanica World Discoveries.
Anthea spoke about creating award-winning Royal Horticultural Society Gardens.
The title for the Hampton Court Flower Show was “Winnie the Pooh begins his Journey”.
They were given eight days to bring in all the equipment and necessary plants and props to create their exhibit.
In 2015 the garden won a gold medal and best historic garden.
She works with children and travels the world as a botanical guide bringing plants and gardens alive for her audience.
The next conference will be held on Norfolk Island in 2019. It is a way to mix and meet like-minded gardeners.
We were treated to garden tours in and around Milton and Berry.
Out of Milton we visited the garden Kringen home of ex-Forbes residents Anna and Bob Flynn, who made us welcome to their lovely garden of plants and trees created from a bare paddock restoring rainforest and raising trees from seed.
Others we saw were an old schoolhouse being restored and orchard of fruit and berries and a more formal garden with lawns, native bushes and exotic plants.
Our evening venue was the Mollymook Lifesaving club, the meeting place of Ulladulla garden club.
Travelling to Berry for a full day trip took us up to Woodhill Mt to a spectacular garden overlooking the coast.
After morning tea we toured this steep garden of magnificent trees and variety of plants interspersed with interesting sculptures.
Coming down to Mr Oke’s 40 year old garden filled with kurume azaleas, camellias, conifers, rare maples grown from seed collected on visits to China.
After lunch in Berry Hotel we walked to Gaye’s cottage garden with more formal area of hedges Iris, and many perennial plants.
To top off the day we went near Coolangatta Mt to a unique garden and nursery with a large collection of rare palms, succulents, bamboo and even a large bottle tree which had been transported by crane from Queensland.
A Jazz band and Gatsby theme finished off our visit to the scenic south coast.
On our way home we fitted in a visit to the Crookwell garden festival, with a plant fair and great array of cool climate plants and trees.
A reminder to you all that our 2017 Christmas lunch will be held at Forbes Golf Club on Tuesday November 28 - arrive at 12 midday for a 12.30pm start.
Bookings and $28 to be paid before the meeting please.
See you all there!