After a cancellation final yr and two postponements in 2021, the Tatura Backyard Membership was delighted to carry its annual backyard seminar on the Ballantyne Centre on Wednesday, July 14.
Effectively-known Trentham-based gardener and presenter Simon Rickard was visitor speaker this yr, with over 130 lunch-goers visiting from throughout the area to find his final gardening ideas for planting within the Goulburn Valley’s robust circumstances.
Mr Rickard used his speech to debate creating stunning gardens in dry climates, and exploring the historical past of gardens of Japan.
“I am encouraging individuals to rethink their local weather and take a look at vegetation by way of contemporary eyes, in order that we will enhance our gardens,” he stated.
“And I am serving to individuals to grasp Japanese gardens – as a result of you may take a look at a Japanese backyard and simply assume its a pile of rocks, however there’s loads of historical past there.
“Japanese gardens might be replicated on this local weather, however you must perceive the motivation behind them and guidelines they comply with . . . an important parts are rocks and gravel, and damaging area, vacancy.
“In Japan they are saying a backyard will not be completed till you may’t depart anything out, whereas English gardens like to ram in with vegetation.”
Mr Rickard stated he tried to encourage gardeners to “shake issues up” and take a look at a backyard by way of totally different eyes.
“We develop up with English backyard literature – and that is not the local weather we reside in,” he stated.
“I would like individuals to rethink the options of their local weather, take a look at vegetation by way of totally different eyes and discover magnificence in what we will develop, as an alternative of ugliness in what we won’t.”
He stated looking for vegetation for Shepparton’s tough local weather did not simply imply taking a look at native varieties, both.
“We overlook Australia is a complete continent – some native vegetation from rainforest areas will not develop properly right here,” he stated.
“However there are elements of the world which have climates actually much like right here, like South Africa, California, Chile, southern Europe . . . different Mediterranean climates.
“Crops from these areas will develop rather well right here – look into climates much like our personal and select vegetation that work in your way of life . . . attempt issues like flowering cactuses, daffodils and lavender.”
Tatura Backyard Membership president Cath Carter stated gardeners got here with a “imaginative and prescient” which was typically challenged by visitor audio system.
“I like the colors of perennials, however in shrubs, so while you drive up my drive(approach) at any time of the yr, it’ll look stunning with totally different colored foliage,” she stated.
“In Shepparton, you want vegetation to thrive in the summertime, and the winter, and the frost – with surprising winds.
“Individuals develop up with sure views of gardening, and go residence experimenting with totally different vegetation – they all the time take one thing away.”
Ms Carter stated whereas her group had 68 official members, a Fb group began in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic had swelled to over 200 individuals.
“It is superb to get collectively, our occasion was two days away once we had been shut down,” Ms Carter stated.
“We maintain a seminar yearly and often get nice visitor audio system . . . we’re solely just a little not-for-profit membership however individuals come from throughout for our seminars, they’re highly regarded.
“We do not generate profits, but it surely’s a fantastic outlet for individuals.”
Ms Carter stated memberships had been open to the younger and previous, with no strain to attend each assembly.
“Most of our membership are older and we’re making an attempt to push youthful individuals to return,” she stated.
“Individuals do not need to attend all conferences however for $15 a yr will get a e-newsletter, and you do not have to be a monetary member to affix the Fb group, the place individuals ask questions and search gardening ideas.”
Every month, members collect for a meal on the group centre and revel in a supper, with a Christmas gathering and skipping the new month of January till climate cools.
“It is a fantastic membership, it is a pleasant membership, loads of our aged members reside on their very own and it is a social outlet,” Ms Carter stated.
“And when you miss six conferences however come to 2 it would not matter, it is all about gardening. And when you work all week however love gardening, we have broadened it so anybody can get entangled.”
Ms Carter thanked the Tatura Gardening Membership’s sponsors for his or her help.
To hitch, head to the Tatura Backyard Membership Fb web page.