Ararat Gardening Club to celebrate ten years

Anne Sandow and Wilma McAdie are promoting the forthcoming Sustainable Gardening Expo in Ararat next month. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Anne Sandow and Wilma McAdie are promoting the forthcoming Sustainable Gardening Expo in Ararat next month. Picture: PETER PICKERING

THE Ararat Gardening Club will celebrate its 10th year by holding a Sustainable Gardening Expo early next month.

Guest speakers at the Sustainable Gardening Expo will be gardening gurus Millie Ross and Melissa King, who will impart their style of gardening knowledge and ideas to those who attend.

Millie Ross wears many hats. As a horticulturalist, garden designer, TV researcher and radio broadcaster, she has an enthusiasm for all garden paths and those who walk them.

She was just 19 when she propagated her first plant but within a year she was studying horticulture at TAFE.

Her book 'The Thrifty Gardener' is all about encouraging people to do a lot with a little, to experiment in the garden and push their luck, even if they fail.

Ms Ross gardens in rented places and inflicts her projects, plants and passion on the gardens of others. She currently 'digs' in Melbourne's inner-west alongside a mixed bunch of chooks, mongrel dogs and plenty of self-seeded plants. As comfortable at the tip shop as she is at the nursery, this 'bowerbird' looks forward to a lifetime of collecting plants, hard waste, ideas and conversations with inspiring gardeners.

Melissa King is fast becoming one of Australia's most popular and respected garden experts and television presenters.

Ms King's passion for gardening led her to complete a horticultural degree where she was dux of her class. Moving into radio she was spotted and channelled into a successful career as a TV presenter.

After four years on the ABC's Gardening Australia alongside Peter Cundall, she moved to Channel 7 to host the gardening segment on Melbourne Weekender. Since then she has combined her love of gardens, food and travel as one of the hosts of the travel series Gurus Explore, transformed front yards in Channel 9's make over series Battlefronts, appeared in What's Good For You lifestyle special, hosted the gardening segment on Channel 10's fun morning show 'The Circle', and inspired people of all ages to get out into the garden on Foxtels Garden Angels. These days Ms King stars in the established TV series The Garden Gurus on Channel 9.

Her flair for writing has seen her release her first book entitled Garden Feast focusing on the delights of cooking and growing your own heirloom vegetables, with the help of recipes from the famous Heronswood kitchen.

The Sustainable Gardening Expo will be held on Saturday November 1 from 9.30am to 4pm at the Chalambar Golf Club with the cost of $45 including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

In addition to the inspiring guest speakers there will also be plant stalls so you can immediately put into practice the girls' ideas, as well as metal garden artwork for sale.

Booking and payment is essential prior to the day and can be made at Narcissus Flowers and Gifts or Harris Newsagency.

For further information contact Anne on 0408 339318 or Gwen on 5354 3206.

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