Edition 77, 1st November 2020
Our big news is that we had our AGM on line on the 19th of October. Now we have some new committee members
AAFBG President, Wayne Harvey welcomed the new committee on the 26th October at the first meeting, Murray Fletcher (VP) Elizabeth Gilfillan, Elizabeth Barraclough, Bob Ducrou, Meridith Shulkes, Jill Brownlee, Judy Blood and Wendy Antoniak.
The AGM went well with many people attending although technology did fail some of our people. The Handbury Awards were announced and presented by Dr Philip Moors our patron. I must admit I was so excited to see people so happy to be acknowledged for the work they do as volunteers.
The Video that was produced for the Eurobadalla conference in 2022 was shared and I seriously think is wonderful. You have to watch it. Makes you so proud to see what volunteers do for the Botanic Gardens under such difficult circumstances. Here is the LINK.
Chris Russell of BGANZ gave a power point presentation which was thoroughly engaging about ‘Care for the Rare’ a collaborative plant conservation project in the botanic gardens. (I was happy the technology worked)
- Current Grant Ops
- Grant ops listed by states
- Request for articles – Eucalypt magazine
- Friends of Bendigo
- Friends Brisbane and Sherwood Arb – COMPETITION & RAFFLE
- Friends of Ivanhoe
- Friends of Geelong
- Friends of Ballarat
- Friends of South Australia
- Friends of Williamstown
- Friends of Camperdown
- BGCI newsletter
- Garden Clubs of Australia
- International Rose Festival
AAFBG Administration Officer
As Chantal has reminded you in the last two issues of e-ucalypt news it is time to write articles for the November issue of Eucalypt. I am afraid I am running late so there is not much time to the deadline which is mid-October, say Friday 25th.
COVID-19 has made life in gardens difficult and different, but some things still go on, like Port Augusta making a new web page, and Noosa and Brisbane making videos for Queensland Garden Expo, and Ivanhoe visiting Kuringai. Would be good to hear more about these things or anything else that is still happening in your Garden despite the virus.
Or things that are happening because of the virus, like the increase in visitors to our gardens. Remember, each article can be only 450 words maximum so there is room for photos. Please send photos separately, not embedded in the Word document.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the Video for the ERGB 2024 Conference
Secretary Kate Kirkhope
As a Friend and one of the organisers of events for Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens, I had to think of different ways of how we could raise funds during the current Covid situation. Why not a calendar showing wonderful seasonal aspects of the gardens and what is looking fantastic there each month? Not only this but also a gardeners’ go to place where each month we list handy hints on what to do in our own gardens. We had to think outside the square and adopt some new procedures but with a lot of passion from sub-committee members and dedicated gardeners we did it.
I wanted to create a calendar with some helpful information on what to plant each month and mix it with handy hints from our own experienced gardeners. For example, when to plant and harvest garlic, how to store your lemon harvest and over-sowing your lawn with wildflower seeds – that’s one I’d love to try! We had a lot of fun finding and choosing the hints, which was a collaboration of many Friends, from near and far, and for some it was a welcome distraction from Covid-19.
We’ve been able to keep the price as low as possible with wonderful advertising support, so that as many people as possible can buy one or two or three for friends and family- they make great gifts. It helps us threefold: promotes the Geelong Botanic Gardens, provides income so that we can continue to support the gardens in various ways and helps us all to remember what a wonderful iconic feature we have in Geelong.
Available on the Friends’ website: friendsgbg.org.au $15 ($12 members). Enquiries: ph. 5222 6053.
The attachment on the right shows on the left Kate Kirkhope Secretary and Allison Martland President with the new 2021 Gardeners’ Calendar.
Dear Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens,
With many rose conferences, festivals and events having to cancel this year due to Covid 19, I am pleased to advise that the International Rose Garden Festival Morwell will proceed as a virtual event on the 14th and 15th of November 2020.
Previously our festival has been held in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden and featured rose talks, workshops, stalls, live music, children’s activities and special guests ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis and his friend dirtgirl and an evening light installation – see video
In 2020 we wanted to continue to showcase the roses in full bloom as well as celebrate the work of the garden’s volunteers – the Friends of the Rose Garden; so this year’s festival has been reimagined into a free online event.
Our program includes talks from Jonathan Webster, Curator RHS Garden Rosemoor, Rebecca Koraytem from David Austin Roses, Costa Georgiadis, an interactive performance from dirtgirl, workshops, virtual stall holders, music from Gippsland artists, Gallery tours and activities people can download and follow along from home.
Online, visitors will be able to navigate a 360 degree virtual map of the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, explore up close the rose varieties and click on events and activities of interest. The only thing you won’t be able to do is smell the roses!
One of the most exciting elements of the virtual event is that people will be able to comment, text chat with presenters and take part in workshops, all from the comfort of their home, anywhere in the world.
The festival will be viewable on a smart phone, tablet or computer via the festival website and includes Auslan Interpreters and captions on all talks and workshops.
Participation is free but people must register on the festival website beforehand at www.irgfm.com.au
AGL Midsummer Night Lights Installation:
While the 2020 International Rose Garden Festival Morwell is primarily an online event this year, local and regional Victorian residents will also be able to explore the AGL Mid-summer Night Lights Instalment on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November from 7:30pm – 10:30pm at the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, 2 Avondale Road, Morwell.