Ian Barnett – The Importance of Community Gardens in Retirement Village

The Bromeliad Society of Australia will hold their next meeting at Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground on Saturday, 13 July with plant sales commencing at 11am followed by the meeting at 12noon. Access is via the Showground entrance off Showground Road into Doran Drive, Castle Hill, with plenty of parking on site.

Guest speaker Ian Barnett a graduate of Hawkesbury Ag College, an Agronomist for many years, then a Agricultural Chemicals Consultant. On retirement he started a garden maintenance business in Port Stephens and in 2014 was awarded the Port Stephens medal for service to the community.

Finally moving to the Anglicare Retirement Village, Castle Hill he has continued to have immense interest in ecology and his surroundings and current involvement at the Westside Garden Club at the village.

Ian’s presentation will include the importance of community gardens within retirement villages and opportunities that the gardens create for sharing knowledge, life-time experiences and gardening skills.

The community gardens are also a way of connecting the village, not to mention the health benefits of growing and sharing your own fruit and vegetables, and the fresh air and exercise that gardening provides.

Visitors are most welcome to attend this meeting.

Meetings include plant sales, club news, raffles and competitions as well as providing an opportunity to meet with like-minded people in a friendly and inviting environment. Contact Ian Hook – mobile 0408 202 269, email: ianhook1@bigpond.com website: www.bromeliad.org.au