The west veranda at Oak Dene proved the perfect venue for our first basketry workshop. Eight enthusiastic weavers had a fabulous day, with great company, coffee and cake, autumn light and a skilled teacher. Hand dyed raffia was coiled and stitched and all went home with their completed basket .
Part of Oak Dene’s interesting history is the pioneer background in Australia of the Wight family. Since Davydd Shaw wrote this article, new evidence had been discovered confirming that the original garden was designed by Charles “Bogue” Luffman, then director Burnley Horticultural College.
We are delighted that both the Shepparton News and Kyabram Free Press published articles about Oak Dene in January. Please enlarge to read the great text by Gus Underwood:
In our garden is a magnificent London Plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) – nearly 30 meters high and with a striking horizontal bough formation. The National Trust of Australia maintains a register of Significant Trees and this has long featured ours. This month however is Australian Heritage Month and the tree has made the shortlist of Victorian Tree of the Year.
We would dearly love to win this accolade, which the tree deserves, but to do so will need your help. The link below takes you to a Facebook page from where you can go to the National Trust site for images of the shortlist. Assuming that you agree that ours is the finest and wish to vote, you need to like our tree on the Facebook post. If you don’t use FB, please ask someone who does to cast your vote. Any Facebookers, please post and share. If you are minded, please forward this email to any connections you have who may be interested. Going viral when referring to an old tree isn’t normally a good outcome, but this time we need it! Voting closes on May 18th.
Gillian was invited by the Kyabram Garden Club to be the speaker at their February meeting. She outlined some of the history of Oak Dene - both the house and the garden - and conducted a tour of the property later the same day.
To read the text of the talk, please click on this link: