Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Club Birthday and 2019 Garden Comp Launch


Past entrants (some winners in previous years) were among the crowd at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Coffs Harbour on 27 July to launch the 2019 Spring Garden Competition.


President Margaret Crawley & Patron Patricia Roser of Coffs Harbour Garden Club
George Hoad President Garden Clubs of Australia and Marion Watts Zone coordinator
for this region of Garden Clubs of Australia cutting the cake
which CHGC member Mary Booth had made
The day also marked the 40th birthday of Coffs Harbour Garden Club, with past members, current members and representatives of Garden Clubs of Australia on hand to help celebrate.


Margaret Franks and Local Member Gurmesh Singh

Qualified Garden Clubs of Australia Judge, Margaret Franks has judged the Schools' categories in this competition for a few years now. She is always delighted to see the developmental changes each year in the competition.


CHGC Members David Hunt and Mary Booth with Larry Langman, Landcare

Larry Langman from Landcare was in attendance to spread the word about native alternatives for common garden escapees.


Patron and Life Member Pat Roser with Tom Ely - Barbara Fitzgerald on right

CHGC Treasurer Tom Ely was the MC for the afternoon and kept everything on the move.


MC Tom Ely introducing Maria Bell

CHGC Secretary Maria Bell gave a very brief history of the Coffs Harbour Spring Garden Competition.


Patricia Roser OAM receiving the GCA Ann Williams Clark Medallion
from George Hoad, President Garden Clubs of Australia

Patron & Life Member Patricia Roser was honoured to receive The Ann Williams Clark Medallion - this is a prestigious Garden Clubs of Australia Medallion awarded to a club member who has illustrated over a long period solid contribution and support to a garden club. 

Pat has been a Zone Coordinator for Garden Clubs of Australia (GCA), instrumental in the establishment of Woolgoolga Garden Club, President and Secretary of Coffs Garden Club, a committee member on various committees including - Garden Competition, Speakers, Outings and a principle on the Steering Committee for the GCA Conference held in Coffs Harbour 2003. Pat has always shown a willingness to participate in any undertaking of the garden club, this award could not be given to a more worthy recipient - Congratulations Pat.


CHGC Member Penny Halford demonstrating her talent
at floral art
 There was member participation on the day too. Penny Halford quickly demonstrated how to make gorgeous arrangements using diverse materials including structural flowers like Strelitzia, natives, roses, textural foliage and other flowers supplied from member's gardens.



Tom introducing Julie Worland
Julie Worland has a huge reputation around Coffs as being a very knowledgeable horticulturalist and kept the crowd spellbound by talking about gardening - even the problem of trying to maintain a garden with a puppy!


CHGC President Margaret Crawley

Club President Margaret Crawley gave a brief history of the club, the main highlights over the years and the many community based undertakings that the club has performed.




George Hoad, President Garden Clubs of Australia
presenting a certificate to President Margaret
marking the 40th birthday of Coffs Harbour Garden Club

The club were delighted to have the President of Garden Clubs of Australia present at this function. It was a thrill for Margaret Crawley to accept this certificate from George Hoad.








The event wouldn't be complete without some celebratory food - all provided by members of Coffs Harbour Garden Club, no wonder the club has the reputation for providing a 'good old fashioned supper'. It was a wonderful high tea to finish off a stunning afternoon.

Thanks to all who participated in any way. I guess what is left is for there to many, many entries in the 2019 Spring Garden Competition!










David Hunt, winner of the decorated hat competition





North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour

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