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Garden Group

The Garden Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month except for special shows.  Before Covid Lockdowns this group met at Members' homes to exchange cuttings and seeds and visited nurseries.

This year we have decided to visit some nurseries (with a coffee shop!) while we are easing out of restrictions.  We plan to attend the local Monash Open Gardens in November 2021. 

In 2022, we are planning the following, some of which we couldn't participate in due to lockdown in Melbourne:

  • a visit to a Member's Community Plot at Holmesglen
  • Burwood Brickworks Gardens, the Camelia show in Mt Waverley 
  • a tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne
  • Open Gardens in 2022

On Tuesday 26th October the Garden Group was able to enjoy a visit to Banksia Nursery on Tuesday, 26th October with the easing of COVID restrictions. Unfortunately the promised talk didn’t happen as the speaker was ill. However 9 of us enjoyed a pleasant coffee and cake amongst the blooms and then wandered together around the nursery making some purchases to keep busy in the sunshine.

Month Venue
Tuesday 20th July  Postponed due to Lockdown 5 - Visit to the Burwood Brickworks Gardens.  Burwood Brickworks   development has achieved the "LBC" (Living Building Challenge) Petal Certification for place, materials,   health and happiness and  beauty.
21 or 22 August  Cancelled due to extension of Lockdown 6 - Visit to the Camelia Show at Mt Waverley Community   Centre, Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley   Melways Map 61 E12
Tuesday 21st September  Cancelled due to Lockdown 6
Tuesday - 26th October at 10.00 am  Banksia Nursery, 530 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South - charge of $5 each - Subject to restrictions easing.
 Saturday 6th November  Touring Open Gardens in Monash (details below)

2021 City of Monash Open Gardens

Saturday 6 November 10am–4pm

Presented by Waverley Garden Club

MAUREEN AND PAUL’S GARDEN: 64 Timbertop Drive Rowville

Rosemont is an award-winning romantic cottage garden of 10,000 plants, which started 26 years ago from a vacant block. It has collections of roses, Pelargoniums, Plectranthus, cacti/succulents, as well as lots of natives, water plants, annuals, perennials and more, all growing happily together in unusual combinations to allow for biodiversity. Rosemont was part of Australia’s Open Gardens Scheme and is also accredited as a Garden for Wildlife. Maureen and Paul are known for their writing/judging on horticulture and photography.

CLIVE AND RUTH’S GARDEN: 9 Annandale Crescent Glen Waverley

Clive and Ruth’s garden has evolved over the past 10 years with sustainability and the environment in mind. It has a little bit of everything that we like - veggie beds, fruit trees, succulents, natives, exotics, a stream and pond, a vertical garden, and a small roof garden on the shed with lots of places to sit, relax and enjoy the garden.

SALLY’S GARDEN: 14 Mount Street Glen Waverley

Sally’s garden has evolved over the past 40 years, with many changes in form and content over that time. The front garden is an eclectic mix of plants, some ‘everyday’, some more ‘unusual’, but all with a focus on interesting and textural foliage. The back garden features a cascade and pond surrounded by ferns, palms, bromeliads and native grasses; swathes of cream and orange clivias planted under original camellias; a deck brimming with potted specimens of Sally’s favourite cacti and succulents; and a newly developed arid garden containing those which became too big for pots!

MARIA’S GARDEN: 61 Alice Street Mount Waverley

Maria’s garden has developed over more than 50 years. It’s a real ‘gardener’s garden’, featuring a varied collection of interesting plants, annuals and bulbs. The cottage garden at the front includes many salvias and a Brachychiton. The back garden has a winding path leading through a large collection of begonias, orchids, vegetable beds and a variety of shrubs and plants, many grown from cuttings.

ROS’ GARDEN: 67 Wave Avenue Mount Waverley

Ros’ front garden is given over to flowering plants and largely to those that attract bees. The purpose of the back garden is to grow vegetables and fruit for the kitchen and to share with others. There are 10 vegetable beds, four fruit trees and seven berry bushes, some of which are in pots. There is also a shade house used to sow seed and pot seedlings and a table where seedlings are hardened before planting out. The table also houses tubs of herbs and vegetables. There are two “relaxation” areas, one at ground level and the other an elevated verandah with a borrowed landscape overlooking Scotchmans Creek Reserve.

OAKLEIGH COMMUNITY GARDEN: 25 Downing Street Oakleigh

The volunteer Monash Oakleigh Community Support & Information Service (MOCSIS) garden was established in 2018 to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits to supplement the MOCSIS emergency relief foodbank. There are 11 wicking boxes of varying sizes have been built using a variety of recycled materials. The team grows a range of seasonal veggies and herbs that are picked fresh for distribution to clients seeking food relief. They propagate seedlings whenever possible and have a total of five compost bins producing the top-up soil requirements. This also enables composting of shredded waste paper, as well as suitable waste from the foodbank.