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Any experience with Canberra garden clubs?

By sawyer - 2 August 2011 10

I’m a 20-something year-old gay guy and a recent Canberra–and Australian–resident.

I’m curious to know if anyone has had experience with, or has heard reports of, Canberra’s garden clubs. I’m interested in joining one but I first want to know what they’re like.

[ED – Can anyone explain what a Garden Club is?]

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Any experience with Canberra garden clubs?
Postalgeek 5:48 pm 02 Aug 11

On a more constructive note, I forgot to mention COGS aka Canberra Organic Growers Society.

http://www.cogs.asn.au/

Can’t tell you much about them. You’ll have to venture out of the closet and find out for yourself.

Good luck.

colourful sydney rac 1:59 pm 02 Aug 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Postalgeek said :

Grail said :

Johnboy,

Just because someone identifies as gay in their opening sentence doesn’t mean that the next thing they talk about is some euphemism for a gay beat club.

Well, it’s a bizarre thing to do to identify your sexuality before asking about garden clubs.

‘Hi, I’m heterosexual in need of a cheap pool boy”, or “Hi, I’m a post-op transexual looking for a rods and tackle shop”.

Of course people are going to wonder…

+1 it through me.

Ah ffs. it threw me. threw.

PBO 1:56 pm 02 Aug 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Postalgeek said :

Grail said :

Johnboy,

Just because someone identifies as gay in their opening sentence doesn’t mean that the next thing they talk about is some euphemism for a gay beat club.

Well, it’s a bizarre thing to do to identify your sexuality before asking about garden clubs.

‘Hi, I’m heterosexual in need of a cheap pool boy”, or “Hi, I’m a post-op transexual looking for a rods and tackle shop”.

Of course people are going to wonder…

+1 it through me.

And me, i though that it was a build up for a joke or something….

Maybe he is just an over-informative hortosexualist.

colourful sydney rac 1:46 pm 02 Aug 11

Postalgeek said :

Grail said :

Johnboy,

Just because someone identifies as gay in their opening sentence doesn’t mean that the next thing they talk about is some euphemism for a gay beat club.

Well, it’s a bizarre thing to do to identify your sexuality before asking about garden clubs.

‘Hi, I’m heterosexual in need of a cheap pool boy”, or “Hi, I’m a post-op transexual looking for a rods and tackle shop”.

Of course people are going to wonder…

+1 it through me.

Postalgeek 1:38 pm 02 Aug 11

Grail said :

Johnboy,

Just because someone identifies as gay in their opening sentence doesn’t mean that the next thing they talk about is some euphemism for a gay beat club.

Well, it’s a bizarre thing to do to identify your sexuality before asking about garden clubs.

‘Hi, I’m heterosexual in need of a cheap pool boy”, or “Hi, I’m a post-op transexual looking for a rods and tackle shop”.

Of course people are going to wonder…

Nightshade 1:37 pm 02 Aug 11

If you have any interest in food growing, Permablitz ACT is a very practical gardening club. As the name suggests, they encourage permaculture principles and do weekend blitzes on each others yards to set up edible gardens. They have a monthly meeting to discuss upcoming blitzes and hear about completed ones. Website is http://permablitzact.com/

I’ve been to a couple of meetings and one blitz. The members were very friendly with a range of ages, and I learned some interesting things at the blitz that I’ve since used in my own garden.

Thumper 12:50 pm 02 Aug 11

Maybe you could ask around some of the gardening centres or even see if they have any notices pinned up?

Grail 11:22 am 02 Aug 11

Johnboy,

Just because someone identifies as gay in their opening sentence doesn’t mean that the next thing they talk about is some euphemism for a gay beat club.

Sawyer,

I’d suggest turning up to gatherings and finding out. After all, I might have a view that one particular group are snooty and pretentious, while you might think they are wonderfully cultured and refined. These things are subjective 🙂

In addition to the Horticultural Society, there is the Canberra Organic Growers Society who specialise in Organic gardening, and run a few community gardens scattered around the Canberra landscape. In terms of getting to meet people with similar interests, joining a community garden would be a great start, IMHO.

EvanJames 10:41 am 02 Aug 11

… and… on their links page… http://hsoc.org.au/pages/links.htm there appears to be three affiliated garden clubs. Not sure what the go is, but they are imaginatively called The First, the Second, and The Third Canberra Garden Clubs. I reckon that’s what you’re after.

EvanJames 10:36 am 02 Aug 11

The main garden club in Canberra, since Canberra began, is the Horticultural Society.
http://hsoc.org.au/

I believe they have some sub-groups now and offshoots, but they’re the main game. They publish that indispensible book, The Canberra Gardener, that guides people around the unique challenges of gardening in Canberra, and are very involved in the various flower and veggie shows through the year, and of course the Canberra Show.

The Open Gardens scheme might be useful as a source of contacts, too.

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