After successfully thriving for eight years, the Paterson Allyn Garden Group is planting the seeds for a new event.
The committee has decided to host its first garden ramble next year.
Mark your diary for Sunday, April 7, 2019, for the ramble which will include five special gardens in the Paterson and Allyn valleys.
The group, founded by Janie Chandler and Penny Kater, and supported by an able and enthusiastic committee, PAGG as it is known, has gone from strength to strength with the current membership of more than 100 and continuing to rise.
“It is not hard to understand the popularity of this club once you meet the charismatic and knowledgeable leaders of it,” said Lisa Connors.
The format of visiting a new garden each month, with a talk from the garden owner, a question and answer session, and a swap table form the basis of monthly meetings.
Gardens of all types and sizes ensure that each month is a special treat for those attending.
“This wonderful group of gardeners meet regularly to share, learn and discuss our love of gardening,” said Mrs Chandler.
A desire to share the many beautiful gardens in the Paterson Allyn area with as many people as possible, and incidentally raising money for worthwhile community projects, are driving the garden ramble.
The five gardens selected for the ramble are country gardens, spread out and rambling without the confines of suburbia to restrict their owners’ imagination.
The vision defining the ramble includes not just five amazingly varied gardens, but has a distinct historical flavour, by the inclusion of “Duninald” on the outskirts of Paterson and the old Lindemans property “Cawarra” on the outskirts of Gresford, where owners will be on hand to talk about the long history of those properties and their gardens.
Whilst the gardens are some distance apart, the route is a scenic one with attendees encouraged to stop at local eateries along the way.
“A perfect day out in the country to see the sort of gardens which can only exist in a rural environment,” said Mrs Connors.
“PAGG hopes that not only will locals put this date in their diaries, but that they will encourage visitors who would like to experience these two valleys from a different perspective and view gardens that are not usually open to the public.”
New members are always welcome to join PAGG – find them online.