Gardening symposium unearths tricks of the trade

LOCAL green thumbs will be in for a special treat on 19 March when the Lenah Valley Garden Club hosts its second Hobart Symposium.

Held at Ogilvie High School from 9am to 4pm, the symposium will feature a range of guest speakers followed by five sessions of gardening workshops.

Presentation topics will include differing forms of irises, the correct method of fertilisation, sustainable gardening, wildlife gardens, potting techniques and bulbs and seeds.

Lenah Valley Garden Club president John Kitt said he was excited about the “impressive” line-up of guest speakers that were participating in the event.

“Speakers will include James Wood from the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, who will talk about the work of the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre; Horticultural president, Mary Crowe, who will discuss how to grow roses better and Camellia Society Tasmania president Joe Neuschwanger, who will enlighten his audience about the best camellias for Tasmanian soils and pots, the best culture and suitable locations,” he said.

“There will also be two different floral art workshops where participants will follow the demonstrator step-by-step, putting together their own arrangements with material supplied by the symposium.”

Mr Kitt said Tasmania was lucky to have an environment that was suited to gardening.

“So many of us enjoy every aspect of gardening, as it develops our wellbeing, encourages us to get out into the beautiful weather that Tasmania has to offer and gives us gentle exercise,” he said.

Mr Kitt said the 2017 symposium was tailored to both budding and experienced gardeners aged 15-years and older.

He said new members were always welcomed to attend meetings at the club.

Lucky door prizes and a farewell pack will be presented to each participant.

Early bird admission is $75 (paid by 19 February), with general admission costing $85.

The Lenah Valley Garden Club is non-profit, community organisation and the largest gardening club in southern Tasmania.

For more information about The Hobart Symposium or the Lenah Valley Garden Club, email irishaven@hotmail.com or phone John Kitt on 0410 432 382.

Caption: Lenah Valley Garden Club president John Kitt shares the love of gardening with committee members Jo-Anne Knight, left, and Robyn Murrell.

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