The guest speaker at our July meeting was member of the International Colour Marketing Group, which focus on colours and lifestyle trends two years ahead of market, Jane Stockel from Jane Stockel Linen Collection in Bowral.
Ms Stockel attended the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in May this year and presented an inspiring slide show of flowers, colour, crafts, sculptors, ideas and initiatives for our gardens. Dry stone walls featured in some of the displays and one initiative was moving the paving that generated power when walked on.
There was quite an upswing in the mood at the show this year, following the Royal Wedding, with a lot of displays wedding themed. Other displays were designed around bee friendly planting, the education of younger generations and refugees who bring seeds to new lands to remind them of the senses taste and smell from home.
Yellow was a popular colour used in the garden designs to inspire bees, honey and the golden opportunities presented by sustainable agriculture. Pinks and reds are always favourites with blues popular, but swinging in and out of favour.
Ms Stockel had her beautiful products on display for sale, which included classic linens, recycled vintage linens, soaps, lavender bags, travel accessories, bamboo reusable coffee cups and shopping bags made from designer fabrics. For more information, email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Stockel will have her products for sale at the Garden Lovers Market at the Crookwell Garden Festival on November 10.
President Iris Sturgis welcomed new members Lynette Moore and Christina Marks, who both gave a short outline on why they joined garden club, and were presented with their club badges.
Iris also thanked Robyn Rawlinson for her dedication in being Publicity Officer for the last 10 years and for writing and submitting our garden club news to The Post on a monthly basis.
Member Robyn Simpson, who is also a voluntary member of Garden Clubs of Australia, explained her role as “looking after the list of judges and facilitating training of judges” for GCA. The CGA AGM will be held on Norfolk Island in October next year, but there is no set date yet.
Raffle winner Dianne Evans received a beautiful book on English Gardens which was donated by club member Leigh Tuck.
Flower of the month winner was Bev Kofod with her bunch of white hellebores (Winter Roses), who grows them in a protected position with a southerly aspect. They receive regular doses of “worm wee” from her worm farm.
Our coach captain Annette Cave is organising a bus trip to Wildwood Gardens in Bilpin on October 23. It will cost $80 and includes coach travel, morning tea, entry to gardens and a two-course lunch. Non-garden club members are welcome. For more information call Annette on 4821 7138.
Due to renovations at the Soldiers Club, our next meeting will be held on August 28 at Angels for The Forgotten on Sloane Street. Guest speaker will be Ros Loftus speaking on the heritage listed house “Riversdale”. For more information call secretary Lynne Howe on 4821 5264.