Galston gardeners mark club milestone

GALSTON Garden Club received a green thumbs-up from the Garden Clubs of Australia at its recent 30th birthday celebrations.

Garden Clubs of Australia president Ken Bradley presented Galston club president Bill Fleming with a certificate last month to mark the anniversary of his club, which life member Pam Watson helped create.

"[Yates gardening expert] Judy Horton and I, our kids were in [Galston] preschool together about 35 years ago, and we ran a fund-raising plant stall for them," Ms Watson, of Galston, said.

"Gardening clubs were becoming more popular then. I'd always been keen on gardening and my mother and grandmother were keen gardeners."

It wasn't until September 18, 1983, that she would become a founding member of Galston Garden Club.

There were 10 members then, all keen gardeners who'd answered a letter by John Graham in the Galston News about forming a garden club. He was to become the first president.

"Sadly, a few of our early members are no longer with us, but their memories live on in our gardens through plants that they shared around," Ms Watson said.

Today, about 150 members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm at Galston Community Centre to hear from a guest speaker and have supper together.

The club also provides a library, trading table and plant raffle.

■ Details: galstongardenclub.com.au.

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