The Western Australia Branch of the MGS
The aim of our newly-formed branch is to promote mediterranean gardening as we live in a truly mediterranean climate. We shall do this by promoting the society and its aims, encouraging new members, and having a programme of activities so MGS members can meet, socialise and learn.
We are starting small, so three or four events per year is our initial aim and this could progress to bimonthly. Events will be on a Sunday. We shall also publish four newsletters each year with contributions welcome.
New and prospective members may contact Branch Head Margot Tobin by email.
Sunday 7 October 2018
Visit to Orange Grove Garden – Mundaring and Plant Swap
Our next event will be at a large property around Mundaring – tucked away in the forest. It is an old orange grove and quite a large property to wander around. We will meet at 11am and have lunch there so plan on bringing something to eat. Tea and coffee will be available all day. If you have a plant to swap, that would be great.
Although we are a little early for the garden to be at peak flowering, I expect some bulbs will be out as well as roses and wisteria. The owners are very knowledgeable gardeners and know their land well. I’d also suggest sturdy shoes as it is not all flat land.
The owner is expecting a lot of her beautiful purple iris to be out and a few weeks ago the camelias (mostly red) were flowering well. The camelia “tree” is higher than the roof so it is worth seeing. On the smaller scale, 1600 seedlings (annuals) were planted out in mid-August so we should see some growth on them with the warmer weather.
December or January
A get together for Christmas or New Year gathering on a BYO drinks basis.
Visit to the garden of Riot and Restraint, North Fremantle
A visit to the garden “Riot and Restraint” featured in TMG 92. Morning tea was taken as we wandered around the garden. This was followed by a photo presentation of the highlights of the Southern California AGM and tour. After lunch, we walked past a nearby garden with good colour selection and then back via our local succulent nursery Zerascapes.
Sphinx wrapped by Syzygium austral
Afternoon sunshine in the midst of restraint
There was much interest in a succulent that has grown to about 1.5 metres just near the outdoor shower. It is Kalanchoe ‘Napoléon’s Bonnet’ but is also known as Kalanchoe ‘Shovel Nose’. It is probably Kalanchoe beharensis and goes by the name of Kalanchoe Elephants ear as well. Fortunately, a couple of members took cuttings as a week later it split and fell over so is now about a quarter of the size. I think it needs to be shaped into a tree as it is just too heavy when bushy.
This was followed by a photo presentation of the highlights of the Southern California AGM and tour. After lunch, we walked past a nearby garden with good colour selection and then back via our local succulent nursery Zerascapes where everybody found a new treasure to take home.
Inaugural meeting – Zephyranthes Nursery
The Western Australia Branch was formed with support of members, lapsed members and prospective members.
Biography of Margot Tobin
Branch Head Margot lives and gardens in Fremantle on limestone soil. Salt-laden winds blow for nine months of the year. She has been a member of the MGS since 2012 and finds the travel to its meetings stimulating and fun. She initially attended the AGM in Adelaide in 2012, then Menton in 2014 and Southern California in 2017. Gardening is her passion and green is her favourite colour.