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.