Cobram Garden Club hosts floral art, cake and more than 40 well wishers at luncheon to celebrate its double-decade milestone.ROB HENSON July 29, 2014 3:36am
Cobram Garden Club celebrated its 20th anniversary in style on Thursday, with scores of green thumbs commemorating with cake and floral art.
Moira Shire Cr Alex Monk opened the celebrations at the Uniting Church’s Irvin Hall, praising the group’s community service.
‘‘Garden clubs do provide support networks and facilitate gardening as a hobby and a pastime, and maybe even a lifetime,’’ Cr Monk said.
‘‘We wish them a happy birthday and wonderful celebration; I’m sure they will be around for many more years.’’
Garden Clubs of Australia president Ken Bradley travelled from Sydney for the major milestone, as did members of Finley, Numurkah and Yarrawonga garden clubs — making a crowd of more than 40 in attendance.
Mr Bradley said his certificate of recognition was provided on the proviso he was invited back in another 20 years.
Cobram Community House’s Jean Campbell also provided a certificate of appreciation, while Koonoomoo Flowers and Florangements’ Lorraine Swanson-Hoyle made a special piece of floral art in front of a generous crowd.
‘‘It’s supposed to represent the sun’s rays coming down onto the earth, using the Cobram colours,’’ Ms Swanson-Hoyle said.
Kath Gregory provided a history of the club, including its inception in 1994, then later when the group began judging and organising the Cobram Show’s floral sections.
The group’s achievements include planting a rose garden at the Cobram town entrance in 1997, landscaping the Hay St Maternal and Child Health building in 1998 and donating 300 plants for Kinglake after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
The group remains active, with regular bus trips to regional nurseries and public and private gardens.
Mr Bradley said Cobram was one of 684 clubs in Australia, with the most recent growth seen in community garden clubs.
‘‘There’s lots of specific groups, including rose societies, as an example, as well as horticultural societies and friends of botanic gardens.
‘‘Most new clubs, however, are for community gardens, often in the inner city suburbs, with people coming together, interested in growing vegetables.
‘‘In the city areas there’s a push towards bigger houses on smaller blocks, that’s a trend, and less garden space. It’s very different from the past where it was vegies out the back and flower garden out the front, but that’s the price of a desire to have a bigger house.’’
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‘‘It’s magnificent what small towns can come up with — it’s a credit to see the work of people in these areas, there is a very high standard.’’
Mr Bradley said the Garden Clubs of Australia — now in its 64th year — operated on a motto of ‘friendship through gardening’.
‘‘It’s a way of coming together with a common interest, meeting with other people interested in that passion.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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