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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:38 am 
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Update from Jane about Easter Saturday's tour, Apr 19, 2014, featuring many Lamma photographers, touring some of the nicest local gardens.

If you live on Lamma, meet you at 10am at the YSW ferry, welcoming the off-island members of this (almost) unique, one-time tour!

"On arrival in Yungshuewan, follow everyone else off the boat and wait just outside the ferry gates where professional photographer Andy Maluche will be waiting, along with Lamma-based participants Andrea Thain and Maggie Twiston Davies. Andy will show you interesting photo angles and suggest ways to take pictures of plants and gardens as you proceed up Taipeng Hill to the Lamma Community Garden, a co-operative project run by local residents, including Geoff Smith who has a great show of Hippeastrums in full bloom this week. He has been hybridising and raising these lilies from seed for many years and will describe how this can be done at home. Geoff also raises many orchids and he will introduce you to an interesting area of scrub land where a number of fruit trees flourish.

Maggie Twiston Davies’s garden is the next stop before lunch, which will be at my house.

Following lunch for those with the time, interest and stamina to proceed, a post-prandial garden stroll is suggested.

Ferries back to Central leave Yungshuewan Pier every half hour so it is very simple to return to the city whenever you wish.

If you miss the 9.30 ferry, please contact Andy: 9414 7850; or Andrea 6605 4030.

In case your plans change, please phone me: 2982 0330.

Be sure to bring sun hat, sunscreen, comfortable shoes etc and a bottle of water as it promises to be a hot day. However, the ferry can be extremely cold, so you might be glad of an extra layer of clothing.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Please phone at any reasonable hour if you have any queries."

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:00 pm 
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From Jane:

"Could you please include a line somewhere about a new shipment of potting mix, top quality, limited quantity, first come, first served. Delivery in Yung Shue Wan hopefully next Tuesday or Wednesday.

This mix is highly recommended by two professional landscape gardeners for growing stuff in pots and also enrich the soil when putting in new plants etc.

It is a 50:50 mix of decomposed granite and German sub-strate peat. Does not need any additional fertiliser for seed raising, potting up etc although as the peat breaks down over time, you will probably need to add a little fertiliser occasionally.

Price per bag including transport to Yung Shue Wan: $100 per 25-litre bag. This is a good deal as the usual retail price is $170 per bag.

Contact: Janetaipeng@gmail.com for more details."


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:13 pm 
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From janetaipeng@gmail.com:

Sign up today for Ah Choi’s Container Gardening Workshops

Autumn is nearly here and it’s time to start sowing herb and vegetable seeds, and also refreshing some of your decorative plants.
These workshops take place in the northern New Territories, close to Fanling Railway Station. Early registration and payment is advised as these events are very popular and numbers are limited. For further details, and to sign up, contact: janetaipeng@gmail.com.

October 4: Learn the secrets of successful cultivation and propagation of Begonias. Ah Choi has a superb collection of these gorgeous foliage plants and he is always very generous with his know-how and also with cuttings for you to grow at home.

November 15: Herbs -- Ah Choi will show us how to grow healthy and fragrant herbs ready for eating any time. And those interested can also visit Hong Kong’s most productive roof garden nearby.

December 13: Vegetables -- this session will take place at Ah Choi’s farm (near Sekkong) where he grows a wide range of vegetables in the ground and in containers.

Coming soon….
Watch your Inbox for details of the following:

Visits to some of Hong Kong’s most productive rooftop vegetable & herb gardens.
New Sketch Trek sessions with Roz Forestal Keep.
Explore overlooked corners of Hong Kong with landscape architect, professional cartoonist and raconteur, Gavin Coates.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:39 am 
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Are you ready for Autumn & Winter?


Exciting new programme of Saturday afternoon hands-on workshops in an ideal and comfortable Central location.

Grow your own potted salads, potatoes and citrus. Have fun, eat, learn and take-home a generous starter pot plus know-how for success.

Sign up today and save on our exciting new programme of hands-on workshops. Learn from two of Hong Kong’s most versatile and experienced gardeners -- Li Wen Choi (Ah Choi) & Angus Chan -- in an ideally located, comfortable Central venue, the private VIP space above FRESCA at 54A Hollywood Road (see website: Frescahk.com) for directions.

Time: 1.30pm Gardeners’ Get-together. Socialise with fellow gardeners, chat with our experts and share the triumphs and tribulations of local gardening. Order lunch from the delicious and inexpensive array of substantial salads and snacks. See website: Frescahk.com
2.30-4.30: Hands-on workshop.

Programme:
November 28: Create your own mini-salad garden. Hands-on demonstration of how to sow, transplant and care for lettuce and herbs to make an attractive window-sill or balcony source of healthy flavours. As a bonus: Angus will demonstrate the easy shortcut to creating your own mini-patch of spring onions. Take home a ready-planted pot of mesclun and herbs to get you started.

December 12: Grow your own potatoes in a compact container. Learn how to care for your take home mini-potato patch in a pot.

January 23: Pre-Chinese New Year, FREE plants. Learn the expert way to salvage discarded citrus trees after the holidays and have them blooming and bearing fruit in time for Chinese New Year 2017.

February 20: exotic salads, unusual leaves and edible flowers that you can grow for fun. Crystalline Iceplant (Mesembryanthemum cristallinum in Latin or Ficoide Glaciale in French) looks as though it is covered in ice crystals. Its attractive flowers make it a favourite in any setting. As companion plants try baby spinach and nasturtium, which will be included in your take-home pot at the end of the afternoon.

Cost: HK$600 if you sign up and pay for all four sessions in advance. $200 for individual sessions.

Contact: Janeram@netfront.net or phone at any reasonable hour: 2982 0330 for registration and more information. Advance sign up and pre-payment is essential as space is limited.

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