About the Club

The Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.  During this time, the Club has been very successful in running a biannual Open Gardens programme, highlighting the many cold climate gardens of the greater Monaro district.  From old farming properties, to smaller village gardens, these gardens have provided a wonderful oasis on the Monaro plains, whilst others are surrounding by the typical Australian bush;land setting of towering eucalpt forests.

Monies raised have been used to support many local charities, and have been used to beautify the Nimmitabel village itself through the planting of avenues of trees in the approaches to the village and its surrounding streets.

The Club has also produced a garden book, now in its third edition, fourth printing.

The Club has a very active membership and we try to live upto the GCA’s motto of friendship through gardening.

Normally, members meet monthly on the first Tuesday, except for January and November when we meet on the second, in the Nimmitabel Community Centre, but increasingly meetings take place in the gardens of members.  Invited speakers share the hearth during the cold winter months.  During the year, members raise plant cuttings etc to swap at one of the meetings … everyone may benefit from the trials and tribulations of growing plants in the many local micro-climates found throughout the Monaro region.

2018 Open Gardens and Plant Fair

This year will see our Open Gardens Field day expanded over two  days AND hosting  many plant nurseries from near and far, as well as much much more …

There will be one ticket price of $30 for entry to all the gardens as well as the Plant Fair for both days, plus morning teas.  School age children will be free [yes we want to encourage the gardeners of tomorrow!].

So why not  make a weekend of it … or even just a day … April 21st-22nd at the Nimmitabel Showground and surrounding gardens.  Plenty of parking for cars and coaches. Gates open at 1000 hrs, close at 1600 hrs.

Tickets can be pre-booked from Pat Nichols at killarna86@gmail.com or phone 02 6454 6351.

Exhibitors at the Showground include:

Australian Geranium Society

Country Farm Perennials

Perennialle Plants

White House Nursery

Sunvale Plants Nursery

Cool Climate Natives

Orchids on Newbold

Tableland Trees and Shrubs

Garry Reid’s Obscure Bulbs

Monaro Native Nursery

Bombala Garden Jewels


Boloco Creek Steelworks

Estate Gardening [tools]

Rusty Barb Designs

Swagman Sprayers

Ian Marr, artist and letter cutter

and many, many more




Getting there ...

Open Gardens 2018 are:


A garden with glorious views, this beautifully sited house nestles into the landscape, and relaxed plantings of hardy perennials meander through spacious lawns.  Stone walls blend into the landscape, and mature trees tower above.  Sue and Peter Martin-Smith have planned a garden to relax in and enjoy, while not being a burden.

Old Bibbenluke Inn

A garden for all seasons, a clever mixture of hardy and rare perennials and trees.  Pam Scott has continued to extend and develop the exotic and native borders behind the house.  Her keen eye for design has superimposed a gentle discipline without losing the soft informality.

Bibbenluke Lodge

A  garden of surprises, glorious colour, with massed plantings of perennials, shrubs and trees surrounding the art decco inspired house.  Award winning artist, Lucy Culliton’s garden design is unusual and unexpected.  Riotous dahlias are especially eye-catching as they vie for space with masses autumn flowers.  Rescued animals and birds abound, making a visit an unforgettable experience.

Events 2018

January 2nd.

February 6th

March 8th

April 3rd

APRIL 21 & 22

May 1st

June 5th

July 3rd

August 7th

September 4th

October 2nd

November 13th


December 4th

NO meeting

Meeting at Community Centre

Mr Dennis Dempsy, Head Gardener Old Parliament House.  Meet at 0900 hrs , car park at gardens

Organisational meeting, Community Centre


Dr Richard Stirzaker, CSIRO.  water guru. venue TBA

Visit to National Arborteum, Canberra

Guest Speaker

Tips and Tricks: garden forum. Community Centre.

AGM and plant and magazine swap


visit to Riverdale Homestead and Garden, Goulburn &.

vist to Han Owens garden at Jindabyne

Christmas function, venue TBA

2017-8 Committee







Denham Williams

Marie Hampson

Kenneth Brown

Pat Nichols

Lainie Lawson

Judy Caldwell


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