Our Ivanhoe Garden Club Walk coordinator, Anna, recently organised a September walk in Banksia Park to celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom. The group also took the opportunity to to explore the lovely kitchen garden at Heidi and enjoy a welcome morning tea. Thank you for all of your organisation Anna!
Below – Garden club members surrounded by Cherry Blossom
Below – The kitchen garden at Heidi
Below – Members gather near the Heidi Garden next to the beautiful Banksia rose.
Below: Scrumptious Morning tea after the walk
A wonderful turnout for the recent rose pruning demonstration and practice session at the Rose Garden at Ivanhoe Park.
This beautiful garden is maintained by the Ivanhoe Garden Club and offers members a chance to watch the experts prune and practice their skills.
The work was followed by cakes and a cuppa provided by Alan and Anna.
Louis the dog was there to supervise.
We always have excellent suppers at our club meetings (and great speakers too!) but at the most recent meeting in May we had very appropriately decorated cup cakes created by the children of one of our members to add to the wonderful spread of food.
How lucky are we!
At the most recent meeting of the Ivanhoe Garden Club the Show Bench showcased a wonderful array of different entries. Everything from Jam Melons and giant Dahlias to Autumn foliage.
Wonderful to see such excellent examples of the plants, flowers and produce in member’s gardens. Everyone enjoyed the colourful display and a few of the entrants took home some excellent plant prizes to add to their flourishing gardens.
Our walk group at the Banyule Flats Cattle Yards
On Saturday April 1st, our wonderful walks leader, Anna Burley, organised a walk for us at the Banyule Flats. Anna also organised the most stunning weather for us with the rain only beginning to threaten as we were leaving. For many of us, who had not been there for years, the Banyule Flats were a revelation.
The walk was a fantastic follow up to the presentation at our most recent Club meeting from Daphne of the Waringal Conservation Society. On the walk we were able to see a number of the plantings she mentioned. We did a circuit of the swamp and saw a number of Kangaroos and many different birds.
Our walk group with the swamp in the background and Banyule Hometsead in the distance (top left of photo).
Anna had done her research well and was able to share with us a great deal of knowledge about the area and its history, in particular the relationship to the Heidelberg Artists School and details about the Banyule Homestead.
The walk ended with a welcome cup of tea and lovely cake.
Looking forward to our next walk!
Our group looking at the Warringal Conservation Society Plaque acknowledging their planting
Our group looking at the Indigenous planting area at Banyule Flats.
The first meeting of 2023 will be on Tuesday 28 February at the new Bellfield Community Hub in Perkins Ave, off Oriel Rd (just one street north of Banksia St) which is easily seen from our old meeting venue at Bellfield Community Centre. By member request, meetings will commence at 7.30 pm. There is a little parallel parking beside the entrance, which is on the side of the building facing Oriel Rd. Much more parking is available to the rear (south) side of the building.
Committee members provide supper for this meeting.
The Ivanhoe Garden Club had a wonderful life at the Bellfield Community Centre and despite the sadness at leaving this beautiful community venue we look forward to a fantastic future in our brand new meeting space
Ivanhoe Garden Club Displays at the Old Bellfield Community Centre
To celebrate Spring, and the wonderful fulfillment and joy we all find in our gardens, Ivanhoe Garden Club members have been asked to share photos of their gardens at this special time.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions.
Alan & Judy’s Garden
Our Ivanhoe Garden Club co-ordinator of walks, Anna, led a very interesting look at Chelsworth Park in Ivanhoe on May 14 2021. We managed to enjoy cold but clear weather and heard about the local people who established the park and some of its many uses over its long history.
The walk finished with a lovely morning tea.
Thank you to Anna for all of her research.
Ivanhoe Garden Club Returning!
SUMMER PICNIC: Sunday 31 January 2021
Our President Jeff has again offered his back garden for the picnic, with barbecue facilities available. This will be a lovely way for members to reconnect and everyone is very welcome. Please contact the club for details.
OPEN GARDENS for 2021
With COVID-19 restrictions, garden visits are the most obvious way members can again see each other and socialise. At its first meeting for the year, the committee will plan the details for these garden visits. A wonderful way for everyone to come together, share garden knowledge and reconnect.
Some images of flowers in members gardens from the most recent newsletter.
Our garden club, like any other community organisation, is hard hit by the current restrictions that limit many aspects of our lives in order to keep us safe.
The Ivanhoe Garden Club has had to cancel meetings and wonderful events and trips that were planned for April, May and June of 2020. Everyone hopes that very soon we will be back together sharing our gardens and our passion for plants of all kinds. There will be monthly meetings again, and events and trips, there is a lot to look forward to in the Spring.
While we cannot meet the newsletter, Cuttings, is keeping everyone connected and informed and those who can are sharing via email. And, we all have even more time for our own gardens. I look forward to hearing about the enjoyment everyone has found in their garden during this time. I cannot imagine life without mine.