March 29, 2014

Planting bulbs

We spent a couple of hours this afternoon planting bulbs in the Friends' bed.

It was hard work - there are millions of tiny interlocking tree roots all through the bed.

At the south end of the bed there were some intriguing funghi.

March 1, 2014

January 30, 2014

Australia Day

Well - it's some days now since the debacle of Australia Day in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens - time to simmer down.  Council tried hard but there's no accounting for the great Australian desire to get wasted, make a massive amount of noise, leave as much rubbish as possible.

A squad of security guards were ineffective - scared in fact.  The police were understaffed. The party goers couldn't give a stuff.  Despite banks of portable loos being available the garden beds, surrounding streets, neighbours' front yards were used as urinals.  Despite several large rubbish skips it took eight cleaners three hours to clean up the remaining rubbish, left eskies, etc the next morning.

We're worried about the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, but in reality we're way more worried about the society that's raising and condoning the behaviour of these young people who appear to have little moral compass or awareness of their place in their/our community.  Sincere apologies to all those people who party without destruction - we certainly don't want to tar the whole community because of the recklessness of some.

January 22, 2014

Remembering Tilman Gloystein

One hundred and twenty years ago the designer of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens died. Tilman Gloystein was a skilled lithographer whose life - what little we've been able to find out - was a little unhappy and chaotic.  But he had great foresight - his design of the Gardens stands today, despite changing times and attitudes.  So we (the Friends) decided to celebrate his life by having a plaque installed at his last resting place. The Sunbury Cemetery.
L-R Jane, Patricia and Claude - Friends.
Lots more info about Tilman to come.

January 19, 2014

Australia Day in the Gardens

Well - it's less than a week until Australia Day. Let's hope it's more pleasant for the locals in the Gardens this year.  We all agree that the St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a great place to get together with friends.  But in a more convivial atmosphere than has happened in the past couple of years. 

December 29, 2013

December catch-up

December's been busy.  The pond has been emptied for more renovation; how can something so small have so many problems associated with it?

The gardens have been visited by large numbers of large groups celebrating summer and the season of goodwill (?).  It's always lovely to see people enjoying this place - but not so lovely seeing all the marquees and gazebos and ball games .....

The Friends raised lots of $ at a Bunnings sausage sizzle - could have raised more $ only we ran out of snags - twice!  These funds will go in the "fence" pot - money to encourage council to get on with its plans to install a well designed fence around the gardens.

And new visitors to the gardens shared their joy at discovering a beautiful place - click here to see what Luster Lai saw.