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THE South Gippsland Branch of the
Gippsland Historic Automobile Club
(GHAC) will again have its vintage, vet-
eran and classic cars on display during
this year’s Daffodil Festival.
Held on Saturday, August 27 in the Wool-
worths car park from 9am to 2pm and will feature
plenty of old cars, including some not displayed
in Leongatha before.
Max Wise from the club said members of the
Westenders and Latrobe Valley branches of the
GHAC will be bringing cars along for the display
“There is no charge to come along and see the
display and there will be plenty of opportunity to
speak to club members about their cars and the
club,” he said.
“The main thing is to promote our club and
to support the Daffodil Festival. This will be the
14th year we have held a display in the Woolies
car park as part of the event.”
The South Gippsland branch of the GHAC
has 170 memberships, including three life mem-
bers. They meet at the Leongatha Recreational
The club features several vintage cars, from
between 1900 and 1920, around 10 cars from be-
tween 1920 and 1930, while the majority are cars
from the 1950s and 60s.
On show: Leon Watchorn and his prized 1935 Ford Coupe exemplify the dedication car
enthusiasts show to restoring vehicles. Leon’s vehicles will be on show during the Daffodil
Vintage cars to shine
LEONGATHA Memorial Hall
will not be the only place to
see spectacular floral displays
during the Leongatha Daffodil
The Leongatha Horticultural Soci-
ety has arranged for two grand gardens
to be on show on Friday, August 26
and Saturday, August 27, from 10am
to 4pm both days.
The properties are Digswell, owned
by Cheryl Vernon and Mark Willey at
Ruby, and the Kardella home of Martin
and Fay Sullivan.
The society’s Thelma Arnup will
be guiding bus tours to the gardens, al-
though the public is welcome to attend
by driving themselves.
“The two gardens we have open this
year have history to go along with the
festival’s 60th anniversary,” she said.
The home at Digswell was built from
locally quarried stone around 1912 and
the garden conveys old world charm.
The cottage style garden has a mix
of rooms and open areas, featuring
roses, daises, salvias, irises, daffodils,
hardenbergia and blooming camellias.
Garden beds have been sculptured
beneath gum trees and a bay tree is a
feature, overlooking the vista of Ruby
Mr Willey built a wooden gate
complementing a native area where
bluestone steps lead to an open area.
“All of a sudden you get a whole
different feel,” Mrs Arnup said.
Rural paradise: Cheryl Vernon and Mark Willey have created a stunning garden at their Ruby property,
Open gardens will inspire
Visitors could be treated to a his-
toric blood plum in flower during the
open gardens, complementing origi-
nal claret and golden ash trees, a huge
elm, plus mulberry, pear, apples, figs,
peaches, nectarines and orange trees.
Mrs Arnup believed visitors would
be impressed by the “wow factor” of
the Sullivan garden.
“It is a rambling cottage garden
with historic trees of great signifi-
cance,” she said.
The original owners planted ma-
jestic liquid amber and ash trees, and
the Sullivans have added pin oak and
walnut, plus taxodiums with arum lil-
ies beneath in a wet area.
“We have done all of the beds our-
selves. We both enjoy gardening,” Mrs
A jacaranda could flower for the first
time by Christmas and daises abound.
“We are trying to pick a selection of
different cottage plants because that is
what we like,” Mrs Sullivan said.
“We mulch very heavily with pine
shavings so the garden does not need a
lot of work to maintain.
“A lot of the garden is grown from
cuttings because we have a few friends
who love their gardening so we just
swap cuttings, and we also have a
glasshouse we propagate in.”
An unusual maidenhair tree will be
a talking point during the open gardens
and pear trees may blossom for the oc-
casion, creating a spectacular scene
against the backdrop of Leongatha’s
A bus will leave Leongatha Memo-
rial Hall at 10.30am and 1pm, and is
free with a purchase of a ticket to the
People wishing to drive themselves
can collect a map from the hall.
Special place: Fay Sullivan has worked with her husband Martin Sul-
livan to make an attractive garden in the hills of Kardella.
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