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Garden Open Day 2011

Melbourne really has lived up to its 4 seasons weather record this weekend, and unfortunately we drew the short straw when setting up for our Open Day yesterday, when the skies opened.
It was a very wet business preparing the stalls, garden, bbq etc for the afternoon, but extra tarps and large umbrellas were brought from homes so all was protected. Luckily the afternoon was dry and very pleasant.

Of course, the garden lapped up the rain and looked splendid.
The vegetable, herb and floral produce for sale was a joy to behold, freshly picked, a wonderful variety, colourful, absolutely bursting with flavour, vitamins and goodness. You would never eat supermarket veg again.
There was also a bountiful table of home baked cakes, biscuits etc and jams and other preserves, and many healthy plants for sale.

THANK YOU everyone who baked and preserved, propagated, made yummy punch, and contributed to these stalls, and arranged raffle prizes.
And A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to the ever obliging helpers on the day – those who set up and cleaned up, provided tarps etc, looked after the stalls, picked produce, helped with the BBQ and drinks, sold raffle tickets, painted faces, showed visitors the Garden, and to all those who were happy to spontaneously help with whatever needed doing at the time. It would not have been such a successful day without you all!!
And AN EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to our acting Secretary and Treasurer John, who very efficiently behind the scenes made it all happen, coordinating, coping with the problems, making countless phone calls, and writing emails, signs and lists,  buying food and supplies, providing change, and contacting all the raffle prize winners, an organiser extraordinaire.

The raffle was a great success, with so many prizes generously donated by local businesses. These are listed below. Please support them.

ANNA ISGRO YOGA CLASSES, 100 Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill

ARTASTIC CUSTOM FRAMING & GALLERY, 781 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

BAKERS DELIGHT, 330 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

FITZROY VET HOSPITAL, 102 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

THE GREENGROCER’S, 217 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

HAIR IN STYLE, 324 Park Street, Carlton North

HEALTHY FIT GYM, 191 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

JORG RESTAURANT, 203 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

LOAFER BREAD, 146 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

LONGPLAY BAR, 318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

MARIA’S COFFEE HOUSE & DELI, 795 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

McCOPPINS FOOD & WINE, 292 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

MELBOURNE HARDWARE, 230 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

THE MOROCCAN SOUP BAR, 183 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

NORTH FITZROY NEWSAGENCY, 102 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

PIEDIMONTE’S SUPERMARKET, 43 Best Street, Fitzroy North

PROVANS HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE, Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hill

RED OLIVE RESTAURANT, 213 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

REPCO M+G MAIOLO, 197 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

THE SINGING WHALE, 207 St Georges Road, Fitzroy  North

TERMINUS HOTEL, 492 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

VELO CYCLES, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

VINC Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-Operative, Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield


Here are a few photos of the day.


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