Saturday, 20 August 2016

President's Message - August 2016

What a busy few weeks the Club has had since the July monthly meeting! First up was the Spring Garden Comp launch at Total Gardens where literally hundreds of people, including many of our members, turned out to support Coffs Harbour’s premier privately-owned nursery and garden centre. A big thank you goes to Margaret Crawley, Anne-Maree Ely and Maria Bell for doing such a sterling job looking after the raffle on the day. And thanks to everyone from the Club who came along to support Julie and Paul.

Our club then hosted the inaugural meeting of what I hope will become the Coffs Coast Floral Art Group. This was also a great day with forty people really enjoying the demonstration given by national floral art champion, Judith Little, who was very ably supported by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society of NSW, Cecily Rogers. In the coming weeks I will be helping the committee of five who have volunteered to do the leg work required to get the floral art group established. Even though the new group will be a completely separate entity, I believe a strong relationship will no doubt develop between it and the Coffs Harbour Garden Club, particularly when it comes to people being members of both, and also through our joint support of the Coffs Harbour Show.

August also saw the Mid North Coast Garden Clubs Zone Friendship Day held at SW Rocks. An intrepid group from our club were treated to a lovely day with good speakers, an excellent floral art demonstration, friendships started and renewed, and plenty of opportunities to buy some lovely plants from the trading table. Many thanks to Pat Roser for arranging the bus.

In addition to all of that, the Spring Garden Comp has been bubbling away nicely. Entries are coming in, the publicity effort is well underway, sponsorship support has been finalised and admin preparations are going well. So I hope this year’s Comp will be as good and closely contested as previous years' competitions.

With that in mind, please think seriously about entering your gardens – the more the merrier and, as always, entry is free and there are some great prizes to be won. But more importantly, it’s all about having a go, as well as doing your bit towards helping beautify our city area.

We will need help on the presentation night on Fri 16 Sep. Thanks to John Staggs who is coordinating the set-up and clean up, and Margaret Crawley who’s coordinating the catering. But we also need people to do the usual flower arrangements that make the hall look wonderful on the night, as well as people to run the raffle and welcome guests. It would be great if all club members could be there on the night to help out – many hands make light work!

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