Click on the link for the BULLETIN August 2019  to download.

The Content:
The Garden Clubs of Australia AGM – You can still apply to attend this wonderful event and location.
The Garden Clubs of Australia – Awards
The GCA 2021 “Beautiful Gardens of Australia” Calendar photograph submissions
The 2019 Annual Photographic Competition
Dig In & Celebrate National Gardening Week: 13-19 October 2019
Profile: Jo Saxon-Keith, Committee Member
Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List
Attachments – nomination forms for GCA Awards (click on Links below); previous AGM minutes; notice of 2019 AGM

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Click here to see BULLETIN June 2019

BULLETIN June 2019



Please bring the following information to the attention of your committee and all club members. Please read it out to all your club members at your next meeting and/or add it to your newsletter.

GCA’s Convention on Norfolk Island 14-18 October 2019

Bookings are still open – to date 280 registrations have been confirmed for the convention, but places are still available! There are still seats on flights from both Sydney and Brisbane but don’t delay as these will book up quickly.

The theme of the convention is Gardening Norfolk Island Style: Convicts, Community and Coral and a wonderful week of gardens, unique history and natural beauty awaits!

Contact Maria Massey at Norfolk Island Travel Centre for details. Ph: 0011 6723 22502                           Email:

Reminder – GCA Annual Awards

GCA Annual Awards

The Ann Williams Clark Medallion for outstanding service by a member of an affiliated Club

may be applied for any time of the year – one per club per year.

Post to: Elizabeth Dobson 551 Scott Creek Road SCOTT CREEK SA 5153

Email to :

The GCA 2020 ‘Beautiful Gardens of Australia’ Calendar

I am sure many members have taken lovely photographs of gardens in Australia.

Why not submit them for consideration for the 2019 Calendar. They can have been taken any time in the past – not just this year.

Submissions close on the 15th February 2019. There is no entry fee and the conditions for entry are on the GCA website There is no limit on the number of images, or when they were taken. You can email them to 

Members whose images are chosen for the 13 main pages receive $100 each, so have a go!! The smaller “filler” images chosen do not attract an award but members get the satisfaction of having their image published in the Calendar.

The 2018 Annual Photographic Competition

The closing date for digital or post card entries has been passed and judges have made their decision. Photographs and winners will be published in the Summer Edition of Our Gardens Magazine.

The Photo Competition closing date for 2019 will be provided very soon with an entry form posted here.

Remind your members the total prize pool valued at $1,400 is the largest in Australia for a non-commercial organisation photographic competition, with no entry fee.

There is no time limit on when the photographs were taken or where in the world they were taken.

Entry details are on the GCA website Entries can be emailed to or posted to Paul Lucas at 64 Timbertop Drive, Rowville, Vic, 3178

Vacancy – Honorary Treasurer

From 2019 AGM

There will a vacancy on the GCA Committee for an Honorary Treasurer to take over this position from the 2019 AGM as the current holder has indicated he will be stepping down at the 2019 AGM.

This person should have a good knowledge of accounting, including monthly Bank Reconciliations, and the MYOB Accounting package. At times in the year the position can be demanding, such as when direct debits are made and also at year end to have the accounts ready for audit, and to prepare an annual report. Other duties include the payment of expenses and the receipt of income. Attendance at the 6 Committee meetings held each year is desirable. As the Accounting firm that carries out the audit and other financial assistance is Sydney based, location with easy access to Sydney would be an advantage. If your Club or Group has or knows of a person who may be interested, please contact The President, George Hoad on 02 6550 5890.

Dig In & Celebrate! National Gardening Week

A new and exciting addition to the Australian gardening calendar was launched at last year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show – Australia’s inaugural National Gardening Week. National Gardening Week offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the simple joys of gardening and to highlight the associated environmental, social and health benefits. The event was celebrated by garden clubs, retirement villages, schools and organisations right across the nation, hosting a variety of activities all centred on an appreciation of gardening. Again in 2018 special events were held! Garden parties, tree plantings, information days, potting workshops and much more. The ABC Gardening Show also acknowledged the event. National Gardening Week is open to everybody –people of all ages, organisations, businesses, local communities, local councils, schools, etc. -to participate in and celebrate gardening in any way they choose.

Hopefully in its third year it will continue to bloom and mature into something truly wonderful. It is scheduled for October 6-12 2019 just prior to the GCA Convention to be held on Norfolk Island 7-13 October 2019

Enquiries to George Hoad 

PROFILE: Greg Ruckert
GCA Committee Member

I was elected to the committee of Garden Clubs of Australia at the 2017 AGM.

My goal on the committee is to advance the work of the Club in the community and help attract a new, younger group of people to our member clubs and societies.

I was appointed to the role of overseeing the Social Media of the GCA. I am a member of the Website subcommittee. The traffic to our Facebook page and Instagram (new) has grown and is hopefully helping me achieve the goals of the GCA. In the few months that we have had an Instagram presence its following has grown to over 2000 followers. I use the Facebook page to promote the activities of our affiliates and the club, hoping to attract a younger group of people to plants and gardening.

I have been an active plantsman for over fifty years rather than a high class gardener. My garden is largely in pots and I tend to grow plants that will not generally be found in gardens. To this end I have been actively importing bulbs from South Africa and Japan for the last three years (as per the article in Our Gardens, earlier this year).

I live on a farm at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills and look after a flock of llamas and alpacas, as well as my plants. Unlike most of the committee I still work, shearing llamas and alpacas. I hold national reference collections for Lachenalia, Massonia, Daubenya and Veltheimia. I will shortly add a collection of Nerines to that list.

I welcome input of any ideas that might advance the causes of the Garden Clubs of Australia.

The best way to contact me is by email,, or or telephone 0402 318 183.

PROFILE: John Kitt
GCA Committee Member

Prior to retirement I had extensive experience in teaching and teacher related activities in Queensland and Tasmania.

I have eclectic interests in gardening and am a Member of the Queensland Rose Society, a vegetable gardener and am fascinated with growing indoor plants and ferns from spores. I began to learn to garden differently on moving to Tasmania and redeveloped two established gardens in Hobart over time. I have learned to grow different plants, shrubs and vegetables at different times of the year to the sub-tropics and have had a reasonable measure of success at growing tomatoes to produce fruit just after Christmas. In this cooler climate I have also developed an interest in growing rock garden plants and have been a member of the Scottish Rock Garden Club and the Alpine Garden Society. We have recently down-sized and I have begun the process of building a small garden from scratch on the bones of my previous vegetable garden, rose garden and small orchard.

I served as the President, Lenah Valley Garden Club for 6 years and after a year of rest have again joined the club’s committee.

I am strongly committed to the opportunities offered through Garden Clubs of Australia to serve the needs of garden clubs across all Australian states and territories. I enjoy exploring alternative approaches to delivering services to affiliates as well as new services in a technologically changing world. My wife and I have reached temporary rapprochement on the subject of my gardening interests. Dirt under the fingernails is an anathema to her, however, she genuinely appreciates the fruits of my gardening efforts.

PROFILE: David Gemmell
GCA Committee Member

I have a  degree from Sydney University in Dip Ag Science

Currently I am retired from most business roles but active in our local district as member of the Pacific Palms Garden Club, President of the Progress Association and Treasurer of Coomba Wine and Dine Society

Married to Yvonne with 3 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren . We live on thirteen acres overlooking Wallis Lake and are currently working hard to turn what was pasture into a garden.

In my working life I have had extensive experience in the world of business finance.

My current committee role is that of Insurance Officer, you can always contact me on (02) 6554 2269 or email me


Julie Meyer –
Adelaide and Sthrn. Districts SA

Greg Lane –
Adelaide and Nthrn. Dists. SA

John Parsonage –
Blue Mountains NSW

Suzanne Bushell –
Central & Central South Qld

Marilyn Schier –
Riverland/SE Sth Aust

Insurance Certificate

If you have not received your insurance certificate please advise the Insurance Officer so that a replacement can be supplied by email. Replacement Insurance Certificates will be provided at a cost of $25.00.

Enquiries to GCA Insurance Officer David Gemmell, email,