On May 6th 2015, Phil Schluter led a discussion on Autumn gardens.
Phil as a Management Consultant provided us with an overview of his Coloured Personality Profiling system.
He enlisted three other Society members to pass on their experience and aims in garden design as it applies to their circumstance.
Kate Wallwork lives in Stirling where water appears not to be an issue (Maybe too much of it at times). Steven Stokes is from Mt Barker, and while still in the Hills with fairly cool conditions and maybe a little less rain, he would seem to have growing conditions that are somewhat similar to Kate’s. However Helen Fairweather of Strathalbyn has a continual (summer) battle with heat and lack of rainfall.
The coloured personality system certainly managed to involve all attendees, and at times the presentation developed into a heated group discussion - and frequently involved considerable mirth.
We expected that the wide range of growing conditions should generate an energetic and interesting discussion, and members and visitors certainly provided that…
He showed us different colour personalities and asked us to nominate the colour type we believed was most appropriate for ourselves. He then introduced Helen Fairweather to describe her garden and how it was designed and created. Helen carefully considers every plant and its position in the garden for both plant requirements and colour scheme. Marg Jenkins was then asked to describe her garden – one that has evolved from a former iris nursery layout to a mixture of shrubs, trees. liliums, bulbs and other plants all tightly mixed together regardless of colour and contrasting with her mother’s garden designed with large spaces between plants to make it easier to weed. Steven Stokes was then introduced and showed how he has used technology to make an aquaponic fishpond and vegetable growing system after his garden was appropriated for a swimming pool. His compost is also created scientifically using the hot composting technique. Kate Wallwork then showed us how her garden has evolved from all lawn to a green garden to one with lots of flowers (thanks to her new husband Hugh who asked her where the flowers were). Her garden is still evolving with specific colour schemes now being included in some sections. Kate then concluded that she thinks all gardeners have bits of all the colour personalities.