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BRANCH HEAD
Malcolm Faul
38 Grove Road
Hawthorn
Victoria 3122
phone: (03) 9853 1369
email

Biography
 

The Victoria Branch of the MGS

The objective of the Victorian branch is to give MGS members some value locally, in addition to the benefits they receive internationally. To this end, we aim to hold four to five events each year and send out an electronic newsletter with a similar frequency. Most of the local events are visits to private gardens, with the successful 2016 plant exchange likely to become an annual fixture. A major benefit of these events is to enable people to learn from each other’s experience of local conditions, expand our plant knowledge and get new ideas. The newsletter usually also contains other items of interest, such as news of local events beyond the society.

Prospective and new members are encouraged to make contact with the Branch Head by email.

Forthcoming Events

11 August – 10.30 for 11.00 – Lara
A visit to Roraima Nursery

We shall visit Roraima Nursery and its stupendous display garden of unusual plants such as the thorny Ceiba tree and outrageous garden features (think boilers, bridge spans, gargoyles and other playful eccentricities). In 2017 the newly extended display garden opened, complete with man-made hills. Don’t let anything put you off – there is interest for everyone. There is a gold-coin donation for entry to the display garden. Grab a coffee from the nursery’s café when you arrive.

9 September – Hawthorn
Plant Swap at Fran and Mal’s home

Our two plant swaps have been well attended, so we plan to have another one this year. Now is the time to start propagating from semi-hardwood cuttings.

18 November – Stonnington
Gardens of Stonnington

This visit will include the gardens of Fiona Brockhoff, Susan Brookes, Marion Brookes and Caroline Davies.

In addition to these events, there is a newsletter five to six times a year. For enquiries or to attend any event, please contact Branch Head, Malcolm Faul.

Past Events

March 2017
Visit to the Dandenong Ranges

The landscapes and vistas of the Dandenongs were sparkling in early autumn sunshine as visitors assembled at the first of two gardens. Visitors were most impressed by Isabel’s impressive variety of plants. Her fine drift of cyclamens was most impressive. After enjoying the panoramic views from the ridge to both the mountains in the north and the bays to the south, we moved to Julia Catton’s young garden to appreciate the changes since our last visit. An extended shared lunch on the patio of Julia’s and Takis’ house was enjoyed by all.  A special highlight was Takis’s home-made spanakopita and galaktoboureko. Particularly notable was that we were blessed by having both the President (Caroline Davies) and the Secretary (Vivien Psaropoulou) of the MGS at this event.


Members deep in conversation at Isabel's Garden -
MGS President sixth from right, MGS Secretary left

Attila Kapitany’s Garden
MGS members have visited this garden on several occasions and it is often open to the public. Attila is the expert on Australian succulents, having published a book on them. His passion is for all succulents, not just Australian, and his garden reflects this. His garden is a good demonstration of how useful and versatile succulents can be.


Brachychiton rupestris in a sea of Senecio serpens and
Mesembryanthemum
 cordifolium (syn. Aptenia cordifolia)


A river of Senecio serpens snakes its way through the garden beds


Background on Branch Head

Malcolm is a retired accountant with an interest in gardens and gardening, inspired by his wife, Fran and her knowledge of and interest in plants, landscape design and history. They have been members of the MGS for 13 years. They were active in assisting Kaye Stokes organise the Melbourne leg of the recent Annual General Meeting of the MGS. They have also been active members of the Australian Garden History Society for 30 years, of which Malcolm has been treasurer and Fran is a current committee member. Fran and Malcolm organise and take part in a working bees programme on historic gardens that cannot have the labour to maintain them in anything like the style of when they were created 100 years ago.

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