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

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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

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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

The Convent Gardens

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An early photo of the Convent gardens with formal hedges and garden beds.

Built in Spanish Mission style in the 1930s and home for many years to the Good Samaritan nuns, the Convent is a landmark in Kandos. The building was constructed with great care to detail and specifically built as a Convent with nun “cells”, a Chapel and Sacristy. A Grotto was added in the 1950’s. After the departure of the nuns in the 1970s, the building became a Presbytery for local priests until being privately sold in the last year.

A dated low maintenance canvas to build upon

A dated low maintenance canvas to build upon

The gardens, which were formal and well-tended by the nuns, became low maintenance over the last few decades and the new owner is now keen that the gardens do justice to the stately building and the Convent continues to play an important role in the community.

Whilst still finding its feet, the Convent gardens intend to balance productivity and industry with a relaxed country atmosphere and a long-standing heritage of roses. Very little of the original gardens are still in place, other than some old rose bushes. At the Kandos Gardens Fair, visitors will be able to view photos of the gardens throughout the Convent’s life. The new owner has inherited a blank canvas to build upon.

Baby steps to redesign the garden

Baby steps to redesign the garden

So far, raised vegetable beds have been incorporated to support a keen cook, herbs have been added, which are a passion for the new owner, and the rose garden has been substantially supplemented. The Grotto has also been restored.

All these activities are understandably very new and will take some time to reap rewards. And much more is planned for the future.

The new owner is excited to be part of the community and participate in the Kandos Gardens Fair. Please say “Hi” when you visit and feel free to give feedback on the gardens as they begin to evolve.

The owner has a blog that you are welcome to visit or follow

http://conventandchapel.com

The new raised veggie beds

The new raised veggie beds

The BIG KGF Raffle – Coming Soon!

So many great prizes for gardeners! And thanks to our generous local sponsors.

So many great prizes for gardeners! And thanks to our generous local sponsors.

September is our raffle month. We will be sitting inside IGA at Kandos on three Fridays in September – 6th , 13th and 20th. Hopefully we will get good warm Spring days because it can be a bit miserable in front of the opening and closing doors. However we can’t complain – the more IGA customers that come through the doors, the more tickets we will sell!

We are lucky to have such a good business like IGA in town who supports local volunteer groups to hold raffles. Just imagine if we had to sit outside! We will also be selling tickets at Rylstone Markets on 14th September so please drop by.

We have found the raffle is a good money-raiser and also an opportunity to promote the Kandos Gardens Fair. Our cork-boards will have a poster, photos of past KGF events, a list of our wonderful sponsors and a list of prizes. And there will be a whole bunch of orange flyers to hand out.

Support from local businesses in supplying raffle prizes has been gratifying. As an example Bruce’s Garden Centre in Dabee Road, Kandos, donated the wine barrel planter and three bags of fertiliser as part of our first prize. Bruce has a wonderful selection of plants, mulches, fertilisers, pots, barrels and garden art, as well as firewood (see below). Prices are good too. A number of his wine barrels and pots have been rehomed at the Convent and many other gardens in the area. It’s worth spending a bit of time at Bruce’s looking around as he has some treasures not readily found in many of the bigger commercial nurseries.

Rylstone Agricultural Supplies donated the four packs of mulch for the first prize. Colleen’s chooks (sadly no longer with us) would highly recommend the chook food from there.

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Spend some time investigating Bruce’s Garden Centre and you’re sure to come away with a treasure.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Thank you to our many Sponsors whom you can see listed if you click Sponsors on the top Menu Bar. It is very pleasing that so many businesses from Kandos, Rylstone, Mudgee and further afield have demonstrated their support for the Kandos Gardens Fair 2013 through sponsorship. I am sure you appreciate that we need sponsorship in order to hold an event such as this.

All the gate takings go to the Parents and Citizens Association of a local school – this year Rylstone Public School. It is also an opportunity for local volunteer groups to make some money by providing food or having a stall.

Currently we are preparing Certificates of Appreciation for each of the sponsors and they should receive these in July when we will be picking up prizes for our raffle. I will be able to tell you more about our raffle after our next Committee meeting on 8th July.

A Focus on Sustainability

A theme for the 2013 gardens is sustainability. All gardens on show will highlight various aspects of sustainable gardening practices, which is so important to our environment and particularly in rural areas.

Features of gardens will include:

  • efficient use of water
  • incorporation of  native plants
  • recycling of materials
  • use of non-toxic pesticides
  • use of organic fertilisers
  • composting
  • mulching
  • dry weather tolerant plants
  • worm farms
  • vegetable gardens
  • fruit trees
  • herbs for cooking and medicinal use
  • chickens and coops
  • native birdlife
  • weed control
  • animal and insect life
  • plant reproduction
Drawings by Bev Duff

Drawings by Bev Duff

Reviews – what others have said

Some chose to visit the gardens on bikes

Some chose to visit the gardens on bikes

  • Apart from the roses, natives and veg, the exhibitors! Chatty, sincere, willing to impart knowledge – wonderful!
  • The large variety of the gardens; different ideas (clever gardeners); and pleasant people. A great day.
  • Kandos and Rylstone are beautiful tidy towns
  • I loved the variety; the people are amazing; very friendly
  • Great variety – something for everyone; very well presented; loved the historical pieces
  • Warm welcoming approach of volunteers at all gardens
  • I enjoyed the open lawn areas, vegetable gardens and wandering ducks
  • Great variety – something for everyone, very well presented, loved the historical pieces
  • All the hard work and colour and inspiration put into all of the gardens
  • Plant types appropriate to our area, garden ideas for gardens, good to see a variety of garden types
  • The beautiful roses
  • The friendly garden hosts and their generosity
  • Diversity of gardens. Amount of effort by owners to present their gardens at their best.
  • The wonderful roses; the diversity in every garden; the friendliness and pride of every garden owner
  • Beautiful gardens and the company of friends, dedication and hard work
  • The breathtaking beauty of each garden; the variety of gardens; the friendliness of everyone concerned; the dedication of those involved; the amount of work involved in the preparation; the weather was beautiful; the leaflet was very informative.
  • The weather was perfect; the atmosphere was terrific; attracted visitors from everywhere
  • Walking, looking and chatting
  • Enthusiasm abounded with all the owners of their gardens and the effort put in by gardeners and organisers
  • Wonderful gardens, genial hosts, very well organised