Another successful “Springtime on the Mountain”

Another great “Springtime on the Mountain” Festival comes to an end.

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The Garden Club would like to thank all the visitors to the Mountain for your continuing support of the Festival. To all the locals traders and residents who always give us great support. And of course to the volunteers and garden owners who always go over and above in their untiring efforts to present this festival.

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This year the weather was very kind to us apart from ten spots of rain on the Sunday which for us  was a lot better than the storms last year.

The change of main venue to the Vonda Youngman Centre was well supported and we will continue to work on our presentation to improve the festival for all concerned.

Some of the beautiful floral arrangements from the Vonda Youngman Centre.

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Some lovely commendations were received from people who attended the weekend.

From combined Probus Clubs:

It’s a wonderful day out to your Open and Botanical Gardens.  Great working with you and a number commended the exacting efforts in catering to our group of ‘almost-70’ and your organisation at the Centre. 

and this one from the Mount Gravatt Garden Club

What a great day we had at Mt. Tamborine visiting the gardens and general touring on the mountain.  The weather was perfect!  Everyone went home with a big smile on their faces and plenty of plants and produce in the boot.

and one more from a group tour organiser

Thank you and to all who organised this lovely event.

A quick thank you for a wonderful outing yesterday – beautifully executed on the day

The gardens were varied and just superb.  This was my first trip to Mt. Tamborine to view the Open Gardens and was quite an eye opener – just love the Hinterland, having lived on a couple of acres for 12 years up from the Gold Coast, in the green behind the gold!

Phil Dudman was both informative and exceptionally entertaining – couldn’t wipe the smile off my face!  The morning tea and lunch were delicious – didn’t envy the folks consistently catering for such crowds.  All-in-all a wonderful experience.

Special thanks to all who sent these.  As volunteers we are greatly encouraged by these comments.

The addition of special children’s activities in the Gardens were a real buzz and it was great to see so many families enjoying the Botanical Gardens. The boys were cooking up a storm with the Sausage Sizzle.

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Pips Story  – A little girls experience in the Botanic Gardens

This lovely story by Pip was sent in to us. . The images are very faint but the story is so charming I have rewritten the story underneath so you can read them

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The Botanic gardens

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The Lake : I love the Lake because of the amazing dragonfly and fish and 2 ducks and a tertl.

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The Flower Gardens – I like the flower gardens because of the amazing roses.

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The Cascades – I loved the soft sound of running water on the rocks

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Japanese Maples – I liked the Japanese Maple because of the soft feather like leaves and pink colour

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I liked the Owl Walk because of all the noises

Special thanks to Pip’s Dad Marcus for sending us this lovely story.

The naming competition by the Potty Potters was well received again

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This is Spike and Frangipani.  Barbara from Brisbane won the naming competition with this entry:

Girl says “SPIKE I love your crew-cut
Boy says ” FRANGIPANI  let me sweep you off your feet.

Barbara has opted to take her prize money in plants from the Potty Potters.

and of course the Open Gardens were wonderful.

Speaking myself as a garden owner we were blown away by the enthusiasm for our garden and by the interest shown in some of our more unusual plants.  It was so great to chat to other gardeners about our shared passion for gardening. and to share tips and tricks.

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Blue Clematis

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Waratah “Bridal Veil”

And these wonderful David Austin Roses were the star at “Faithful Garden

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As well as the view from the platform in this magnificent garden

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All in all a great time was has by all, visitors, volunteers and garden owners

The Volunteers on Thursday

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The volunteers on Sunday Night

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PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN NEXT YEAR

Friday 22nd. Saturday 23rd. and Sunday 24th September 2017

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

Garden Journal Editor – Larraine Bilbie “The Haven”