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Community group sharing a love of gardening

A new garden
group, as part of the ACH Group Social Links program, is bringing garden lovers
together in South Australia.

<p>Garden2Garden volunteer Jane Mattner with Marie-Weller</p>

Garden2Garden volunteer Jane Mattner with Marie-Weller

The Garden2Garden
group comes together in the Fleurieu Peninsula each Thursday. Each week the
garden lovers meet at a different garden to learn from and be inspired by one
another.

The group is
the brainchild of volunteer and keen gardener Jane Mattner who thought it would
be a nice way to bring people together.

“It’s a great
social activity because we share cuttings and seeds from one another’s gardens and
from community gardens that we visit,” she says.

“People enjoy
getting out and seeing other gardens and hear about what works for them. Each
garden is unique with its own challenges, depending on its aspect and soil
type.”

The group recently
visited Marie Weller, in her Wirra Cove garden. Set high in the hills with
spectacular ocean views, Ms Weller ‘s garden features a range of succulents,
native sedges, bougainvilleas and low hedges.

“I call this my
‘survival garden’,” Ms Weller says. “We get high winds here and everything
grows slowly, even with a drip system.”

Garden2Garden
is held each Thursday from 10.30am to 12pm and open to anyone who is interested
in gardening or gardens.

ACH Group runs
Social Links programs across South Australia, from computing classes to Tai
Chi, walking and singing, art to dancing. To find out more about our Social
Links programs please visit the ACH Group website or phone 1300 224 477.

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