Poet-tree in the Garden

At our last Kandos Gardens Fair in 2011 local poet Leanne Wicks invited
visitors to partake of poetry in the garden. She was in Margaret Casley’s
Whimsical Garden at Kandos. Throughout the day Leanne invited visitors to
enjoy poetry as she read poems, wrote poems and sold poems. 

This year Leanne has been working with Lue Public School students to create
a “Poet-tree”. In two of the gardens at the Kandos Gardens Fair visitors
will probably discover poems hanging in branches. They are invited to take
home a poem. 

Local poet Terry Yates will also be sharing poetry in the gardens. He had
two popular poetry reading sessions in a 2010 garden. The KGF program, now
in the planning, will have details about the time and place to enjoy some
poetry readings.

Gunnadoo – A colourful Garden at Clandulla

Not just a pretty garden, it is famous for its strawberries and produce.

Not just a pretty garden, it is famous for its strawberries and produce.

I saw this Clandulla Garden in 2010 when we held our first and only “2848
Garden Awards”.  It was those awards which gave us the idea of holding the
Kandos Gardens Fair.

In the awards Fay and Colin Burchell took out first prize for a new garden.
And if you visit their garden you will see why.

Each year under Fay’s imagination and green thumbs and Colin’s handyman
skills their garden increases in colour, luxuriance and produce. Even if you
saw it in 2011 you will see many changes this year.

Fay and Colin have taken to the country life-style completely. Their farm,
four kilometres from Kandos, started as a country getaway but it soon turned
into a permanent home.

They built their house on a windy, rocky paddock of poor soil. Not the type
of ground most people would envisage a garden. But Fay and Colin have
performed miracles. It is a cheerful, abundant garden with a profusion of
colour. Roses, geraniums, perennials and vegetables thrive amongst
drought-tolerant plants. Fruit trees and well-chosen specimen trees are
getting established. Archways, trellises, fountains, found objects, old
machinery and ponds provide structural features while Fay makes clever use
of pots and rockeries to showcase her plants.

She also tells me home-made compost is what makes her garden grow.

As usual this year she will be selling plants (strawberry and honeysuckle, I
believe) and jams etc (her strawberry jam is to die for). Pat Tilling who
creates marvellous wall hangings and table tops with mosaics will also have
a stall there. There will be other activities but we are still working on
the program which should be out by the end of the month.

by Colleen O’Sullivan

Kandos Bellz – a Garden Fair attraction


Wow! I have just visited the ‘Kandos Bellz’ on Facebook. It makes me want to take up belly dancing! They are such an enthusiastic and busy group. So glad we have been able to book them up for the Kandos Gardens Fair. They will do two performances on Saturday afternoon (9th November) one at Trisha’s Cheeky Garden in Rylstone (3pm) and the other at Margaret’s Terraced Garden in Kandos (1pm).

I first saw Kandos Bellz during the Cementa Festival earlier this year, at Henbury Golf Club. Very professional – graceful, beautiful, sensual – a pleasure to watch.

If this encourages you to try belly dancing then join the group on Wednesdays 4pm and 6pm in the Catholic Church Hall Dabee Rd Kandos. For more info call 0418 982 507 or email: bellydancekandos@yahoo.com

by Colleen O’Sullivan

Diggers Club – a must for keen gardeners


One of our repeat sponsors for the Kandos Gardens Fair is The Diggers Club.
In 2011 they sent us their vegetable gardening book as a raffle prize. This
year they have donated a year’s membership to The Diggers Club.

A few years ago I received membership as a birthday present and I now renew
every year because I think it is worth it. They promote sustainability and
good gardening practices. Membership means four magazines a year, free seeds
and discounts on all purchases.  If you are visiting Victoria be sure to
visit their garden shops and cafes at Heronswood and St Erth.

In any case why not check out their website: www.diggers.com.au

by Colleen O’Sullivan