Winter solstice will be celebrated this Saturday

GREEN THUMBS: Ray Shiel demonstrating his knowledge in the garden.  Ray is giving a talk on earth worms at 2pm in the Community Garden.

GREEN THUMBS: Ray Shiel demonstrating his knowledge in the garden. Ray is giving a talk on earth worms at 2pm in the Community Garden.

This year’s Winter Solstice will be celebrated on Saturday afternoon, June 17 at the Goulburn Community Garden in Goldsmith Street with talks, singing and soup.

Avid gardener Brian Spilsbury said the group usually celebrate the Solstice and Equinox as the markers of the progress of the seasons caused by the earth orbiting the Sun, on the Saturday prior to the actual solstice/equinox.

“We have extended the program for the Winter Solstice and the garden will be open from 12 noon. A small donation by visitors would be welcome to assist in the running of the gardens,” he said. 

At 1pm there will be a talk on Seed Saving by Di Picker, at 2pm a talk on worms by Ray Shiel and at 3pm as talk/workshop on propagation by Mariana Patchett. At 4pm there will be a wood barbecue as well as soup and food to share. The U3A A Cappella choir will also be holding a Singalong. 

“At the next spring equinox will have seedlings for sale (as a fundraiser) so we will be asking all members (not just bed renters) to help by growing suitable seedlings for spring planting,” he said.

“Between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox we will be having Soup Saturdays. Now the cold weather has kicked in, we will be swapping over to warm soup on Saturdays after U3A's vegetable growing by Pat and Plant to Plate by Ray.”

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