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Time: March 29, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
Location: Dianne Caswell's garden
Street: ADDRESS SENT TO GUESTS 23.03.15 msg Lissa if not received
City/Town: Ellen Grove
Website or Map:…
Phone: 0414445581
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Lissa
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2015

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Today we're visiting Dianne Caswell's garden at Ellen Grove on the southside. Check out photos of Dianne's beautiful garden HERE.

LUNCH WILL BE OFFERED FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY. We will make Pizzas and some Focaccias and  Fruit Salad and anything else members would like to bring along, maybe a Lettuce or a Cuke for example.

From Dianne:

Firstly I am a Moon Gardener. It keeps me on my toes. Companion Planting is one of my loves. My garden is very much a reflection of me. It is a fairly normal suburban block though all available space has been used. It has evolved over many years 36 in fact. It has been used as a Teaching Garden for children interested in growing their own produce & flowers. Here we grow many miniature Fruit Trees in pots, have a small Veggie Patch that suits the 2 of us, a well-stocked Herb Garden and have begun a Collection of Thymus. There is a lovely Collection of Roses, Old Fashioned, Teas, David Austin’s & many others, mostly all Scented. The Native Bees, Blue Tongue Lizards and Many Birds live happily in the garden with our resident Possum (much to the horror of many).


Mostly easy to get around, though there is one small path that the bricks are very uneven you do need to watch your step (this is caused by a very old, very large Quandong trees roots, we fix, they grow, we give up). There is quite a good size, covered Alfresco Dining Area (what we call it when we want to sound posh).There is a large pebbled area.


Carport has room for 4 small cars and there is plenty of street parking.

Please bring:

Members will need to bring a fold up chair and perhaps a couple of small tables.

Children welcome but must be supervised by their parents at all times.

Please bring a small plate of food or drink to share and any produce, seed, plants that you want to giveaway, swap or sell.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 28, 2015 at 15:22

It will be lovely to put a face to the name.

02uqh7ttfo9a8 Comment by 02uqh7ttfo9a8 on March 28, 2015 at 12:50

can't wait to see you all tomorrow :) .

Comment by Lissa on March 28, 2015 at 5:38

REMIND ME PLEASE PEOPLE - I need a group photo on Sunday! Very important. Don't let me forget.

Comment by Lissa on March 28, 2015 at 5:19

Likewise Andy - all of my current success in growing food can be attributed to BLF member generosity with plants and information - Elaine in particular has educated me.

Comment by Lissa on March 28, 2015 at 5:16

Elaine - I've had mine set to receive messages in my inbox since I joined and I didn't receive the first message with the address.

Sometime Ning does some funny things. Sometime I do some funny things! Lord only knows. So long as everyone has the address now that's the important thing.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 27, 2015 at 22:08

Half my successful crops came from the group Dianne. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 27, 2015 at 21:33

The email thing is a matter of personal settings. I've got all my emails from BLF turned off although I still get one when someone joins my group (figure that out!).

The members who did not get the notification of address this time, perhaps go to your account and check that your choices are still the ones you want.

Sometimes when codes get played about, some settings get mashed. Find it occasionally with the operating system, have to reset the odd thing.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 27, 2015 at 21:31

I am so pleased to belong to a group like BLF, it is what it is all about isn't it...

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 27, 2015 at 21:25

That's most kind Darren.  I'll bring a couple of paw paw trees and cranberry hibiscus. 

Comment by DARREN JAMES on March 27, 2015 at 21:13

That's a nice gesture mate it really is what this group is all about can you pick me up at forest lake? ,lol bad joke mate .My lime tree mate is overloaded at present, extra amount just for you.

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