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Diary Dates

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October (Dig In and Celebrate)


Australia All Over Dig In and Celebrate Week Your club is invited to participate in this nation wide event by having a special occasion at your club to show what you do as we can highlight the activity here in the Diary Dates and highlights in articles or images. It can be either side of those dates if your club does not meet in that week during October. So come on and celebrate by digging in (an activity relevant to what you do) and join other Australians from west to east and north to south. CLICK HERE TO SEE FLYER


2018 GCA AGM. Function Rooms. Club York, 99 York Street Sydney. 10am. Registration and morning tea 9am-10am. All details sent to clubs with the Notice of the AGM.


Victoria Bright Garden Club, ‘NGW’ event. Tues 2pm. Stephen Ryan. Bright Community Hall, Railway Ave Bright. Cost $10. Wed 10am Garden Tour with Stephen Ryan ‘Girraween’, 7127 Great Alpine Rd. Porepunkah. Entry Gold coin for charity. Ph 0428 304 726 E: lindameighan@gmail.com


New South Wales Robertson Open Gardens & Rare Plant Fair. Ph 0477 213 141 or E: margaret@gardenalia.com.au or Website

South Australia SA Bonsai Society. Annual Bonsai Show. Goodwood Comm. Centre, 32 Rosa St. Goodwood. 10am-4pm. Entry $3. E: publicity.sabonsai@gmail.com

New South Wales Gloucester Garden Club. 6 open gardens. Art & Craft. Farmers Market, Saturday. Entry $2 each garden. Ph 02 6558 8104

New South Wales The Mudgee Rotary Club Mudgee Garden Spectacular See Website for details or call Chris Stephens 0411205633


Victoria North Central G C Charlton Open Gardens. 11am-5pm. Entry $15 incl. all gardens &  afternoon tea. Registration Senior Citizens Club Rooms. Ph 0407 140 336


New South Wales Berry Gardens Festival. 8 open gardens. 10am-4pm. $20 entry for all 8 or $5 single. Ph 02 4464 3058 or E: kjlyne@iprimus.com.au


New South Wales Galston Garden Club Galston Open Gardens. 9 mainly acreage gardens and a Bonsai Nursery will be open. 9.30am – 4.30pm all 3 days. Entry to all gardens ticket $20 or $5 single garden. See website


South Australia SA Chrysanthemum & Floral Art Soc. Annual Plant Sale. 10 Lucknow St. Marleston. 10am-2pm Ph 08 8365 1716 or E: kidding.1@bigpond.com

Tasmania Emu Valley Rhodo. Garden Burnie. Cherry Blossom Celebration See website


Western Australia Orchid Society of WA Potting On Day Bring in your orchids for repotting, $5 per plant, Orchiata provided, presentations on various subjects 10am-4pm Manning Senior Centre 3 Downey Rd, Manning. See Website


South Australia SA Geranium & Pelargonium Society Spring Show 2018 Cnr O.G. Road & Turner St Felixstow Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm Entry $3. See Flyer

New South Wales Iris Society. of Aust. NSW Region. Iris Show. Blackheath Community Hall. (Opposite Blackheath Railway Station). Saturday 11am. Sun 9am-2pm

New South Wales Cowra Garden Club. Open Gardens weekend. Contact Cowra Visitor Information Centre. Ph 02 6342 4333

Queensland Buderim Garden Club Buderim Garden Festival Buderim War Memorial Hall (corner of Main and Church Streets, Buderim) with a competitive Spring Flower Show of Cut Flowers, Floral Arrangements, Hanging Baskets, Bonsai Plants, Photographs and Children’s Entries.  This year, the colour “purple” is being featured. A Festival ticket for the above is $15.00, or $2 to the hall entry and surrounds. See Flyer


Tasmania Devonport Garden Club Open Garden Day on Saturday 27th October 2018 10am to 5pm with 5 gardens open $5 entry of $15 for all 5 gardens, morning and afternoon teas and plant stalls. Email:  dev.garden@hotmail.com ph: 0407 849 449.

Western Australia Rockingham & Districts Garden Club Annual Plant Sale Hillman Hall Unnaro Street Hillman See Flyer

New South Wales African Violet Assoc. of Aust. Annual Show. Burwood RSL Club, 96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood 10am-4pm. Entry $5. Ph 0417 081 138

South Australia Southern Bonsai Club. Bonsai Exhibition. McLaren Vale Institute Hall, Main Rd. McLaren Vale. 10am-4pm. Displays, demonstrations, pots. South Australia SA Chrysanthemum & Floral Art. Soc., Annual Plant Sale. 21 Carnarvon Tce. Largs North 10am-2pm Ph 08 8365 1716 E: kidding.1@bigpond.com

27 & 28

New South Wales Tumbarumba Tastebuds Festival is a wonderful combination of 10 Open gardens, Flower Show, 8 open vineyards and cellar doors, markets, Garden Art and Painting Competition and Floral Art Display. Come and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Snowy Mountains, view beautiful gardens and savour special menus matched with award winning wines. Western Australia Amanda Young Foundation Garden Fete Junction Mattison & Margaret Streets Southern River See Flyer and on the Website

South Australia Barossa Rose & Flower Show. St Paul’s Church, Basedow Rd. Tanunda. Sat 12noon-5pm. Sun 10am-4pm. Entry $5. Refreshments available. Ph 08 8563 0521 or E: frosen@frickfamily.com

Australian Capital Territory Hort. Soc. of Canberra. Iris, Rhododendron & Azalea Show. Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest. Sat 12noon-5pm.  Sun 11.30am-3.15pm

New South Wales Illawarra Regional Rose Soc. Spring Rose Show. Jamberoo Hall, Allowrie St. Jamberoo. Sat 12noon- 5pm, Sun 9am-3pm. Entry $5 cons. $3.

New South Wales Urimbirra Bonsai Soc., Annual Bonsai Exhibition. Heiniger Hall, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre Princes H/Way, Dapto

South Australia South Australian Iris Soc. Annual Iris Show. Goodwood Community Centre, 32 Rosa St. Goodwood. E:: sairissociety@hotmail.com


South Australia Herb Society of SA. Spring Salvia Sale. Fullarton Park Community Centre. 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton. 8.30am-12noon

New South Wales Narrandera Garden Club. Open Garden Day. Entry Fee & Map $15 (includes Devonshire Tea). Narrandera Park & ‘Billenbah’ Homestead. 9am-2.30pm. $10 light lunch in a garden. Ph 02 6959 2228 or E: gwen.nielsen@bigpond.com.au



New South Wales Milthorpe Garden Ramble See FLYER  See Website 10 gardens for $25 or $5 each. 10am-4pm. Tickets trybooking.com.au and all gardens. PH 0419 431 785

Victoria Aust. Pelargonium & Geranium Society of Vic. Annual Show. Bell?eld Comm. Centre. Cnr, Oriel Rd & Banksia St., Ivanhoe. Sat 12noon-4pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm. Entry $5.

Victoria Ballarat Bonsai Society, Bonsai Exhibition Robert Clark Centre, Ballarat Bot. Gardens, Gillies St North. Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Entry $4. Ph 0429 939 748

Queensland Bromeliad Society of Queensland Spring Show Sat 3rd & Sun 4th at the Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Road Belmont. Thousands of plants, rare plant auction, new release plants, judged competition, a monster plant raffle, Lucky Door Prize, plenty of parking, Entry $4 Website or our Facebook or Flyer


Victoria  Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens 22 gardens of the goldfields, Castlemaine and surrounds. Most open daily 10am-5pm Adults $5 entry, children free See website E: hello@festivalofgardens.org


Victoria MERRIJIG OPEN GARDEN hosted by Mansfield Garden Club Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Address: 215 Powers Road, Merrijig – a High Country garden open to the public for the first time. Entry $10 children under 12 free.  Stalls, displays, entertainment and food available. See Flyer Email Mansfield Garden Club for further details.

South Australia Herb Society of SA. Herb Day Market. Fullarton Park Community Centre. 411 Fullarton Road. Fullarton. 10am-3pm.


New South Wales Newcastle Bonsai Society Annual Show, Charlestown Bowling Club. Demonstrations each day.

10 -11

New South Wales Crookwell Garden Festival, 8 cold-climate gardens open all weekend, 10am-4pm. Popular Garden Lovers Market selling a wide range of plants, tools, garden art and much more, Saturday only, 8.30am-2pm). More information

Australian Capital Territory Hort. Soc. of Canberra. Spring Exhibition & Rose Show. Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest. Sat 12noon-5pm, Sun 11.30am-3.15pm

10 – 11 and 17 – 18

Victoria Rotary Club of Brighton North The Garden DesignFest will be held on two weekends Rural areas 10 &11, Melbourne and the Peninsula 17 & 18.  Gardens will be open 10am to 5pm. Garden DesignFest showcases the work of Victorian’s most acclaimed garden designers. See Website


Tasmania Longford Garden Club, 50th Spring Flower Show. Longford Town Hall, Sat 1.30pm-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Entry $2. Ph 03 6391 2550 E: malcmac@bigpond.com Victoria Yarra Valley Plant Fair & Garden Expo. 125 Quale Rd. Wandin. Vic. E: clive@larkmannurseries.com.au

Victoria Early Morn Group Spectacular African Violet and Gesneriad Annual Show Saturday 1pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 9am – 3.30pm  Light Refresments See


Queensland International Cordyline Soc. Tropical Foliage Festival. Cleveland Assembly Hall. Smith St. Cleveland. Sat 8am-3pm, Sun 9am-2pm Entry $3. Guest speaker.


2019  – New Dates in March!!




17     Victoria Rutherglen & District Garden Club 30th Annual Flower Show Sunday 17th March

2019 at the Memorial Hall, High Street, Rutherglen from 12pm – 4pm and in conjunction with

the Victorian Rose Society will present the Victorian Autumn Country Rose

Championship.  $6.00 admission and Children are free.

Need to recharge Insurance for 2017/18. Go to our Member’s Club Page and click on the Forms you need.

A very competitive and favourable insurance policy under The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc Master Insurance Scheme is available to affiliated clubs. The insurance Scheme offers Public Liability, Product Liability and Accident Insurance for its members, and is legal and effective across all Australian States and Territories. Two amendments to forms have been made as follows:
1. Trident Event Proposal Form Click here, and
2. Frequently Asked Questions Click here
An amendment to our Incident Report Form can also be downloaded here. Our Insurance Officer can be contacted for further details, email  Rowena Margetts or telephone Rowena on 07 3285 6862 .

Our Gardens is the quarterly magazine of the Garden Clubs of Australia Inc and each issue features articles by well-known garden writers and regular contributors on plant cultivation, garden history, flower arranging, book reviews and horticultural events. The magazine is available to members of affiliated clubs through their own club secretary but is also available by direct subscription. Enquiries are welcome from potential advertisers of products of interest to gardeners or flower arrangers etc.
The website provides information about Garden Clubs of Australia including a list of all affiliated member clubs. Seasonal Tips are provided on a regular basis, and the “Diary Dates” page details coming events. The “Links” page lists interesting sites to visit, and the “Sales” page provides a list of items that may be purchased through the GCA. The website is updated at least weekly by the GCA webmaster. If you want something on your club highlighted send in a few images and/or a tale or two about what your club’s up to these days. It is a great chance to see what others are doing in our gardening world.
Shire Councils, Clubs and other organisations that hold garden or flower competitions may obtain information from the GCA judges list including names of available judges, by contacting the Judges Registrar. There are over 50 judges and convenors from judging associations listed, giving competition organisers a range of skills and qualifications to choose from. Affilated clubs can obtain their own complete list of Registered Judges.

Judges Courses are arranged periodically through the GCA to train potential garden judges from members of Affiliated clubs.

Every two years (in the odd years) the GCA holds a Convention at a different location in Australia. The Convention runs for about 5 days and includes the GCA AGM for that year. The Convention provides an opportunity for members of affiliated clubs and their friends and families to enjoy socialising and visiting many interesting attractions at the location. Affiliated clubs can tender to organise a Convention and will receive complete support from the GCA. For details and enquiries contact the GCA Secretary.