GARDEN GURU VISITS ORANGE
In excess of one hundred keen gardeners filled the Coral Sea Room last week to hear former host of ‘Gardening Australia’, Stephen Ryan present two entertaining talks on ‘Weird and Wacky Plants’ and ‘Plants of Madagascar’.
Stephen who lives and works in Mt Macedon was in Orange for three days as a guest of Orange Garden Club.
Apart from operating his own nursery in Victoria,’ Dicksonia Rare Plants’, Stephen lectures and holds seminars both in Australia and overseas and travels extensively all over the world with his tour groups looking at gardens in their natural habitats.
President of Orange Garden Club, Vicki Turner said that the club had made a committed initiative to invite notable garden speakers such as Stephen to Orange every two years to provide local gardeners with practical advise and information as well as delivering entertaining talks on different plants and gardens around the world.
During his time in Orange Stephen viewed a number of local gardens while also spending time in Cook Park, the Botanic Gardens and a day at Mayfield Gardens in Oberon. Members of the committee entertained Stephen on his final evening in Orange with a dinner party at the home of Vice President Margaret Nancarrow and her husband Roger.
Orange Garden Club meets on the first Friday of each month at Duntryleague Golf Club (May to September) while in the warmer months meetings are held in local gardens. New members are always welcome. Further information can be obtained by phoning President Vicki Turner (6362 1257).