Port Augusta Garden Club set to celebrate

CLUB: PAGC members Beryl French, Shirley Mundy, Pauline Parker, Carley Hodgins, Sandra Hill, Kaye Coppley and Ethel Jenkinson.

CLUB: PAGC members Beryl French, Shirley Mundy, Pauline Parker, Carley Hodgins, Sandra Hill, Kaye Coppley and Ethel Jenkinson.

The Port Augusta Garden Club (PAGC) is hoping to see many former members attend its reunion to help celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, May 6.

The anniversary will be held at its clubrooms, corner Paringa Road & Elizabeth Terrace Port Augusta, starting from 11am.

Morning tea, luncheon and afternoon tea will be supported by socialising and photo displays of the club’s previous work, with admission set at $10.

Ethel Jenkinson has been a PAGC member since 1982 and said it’s a decision she’s glad she made.

“At the time I was looking for something to do and I read in the local paper about a garden club trip going to the River Murray,” she said.

“And I thought that sounds nice so I went to a meeting … and they were all friendly so I joined and I’m still here.

“I’ve seen a lot of presidents … we’ve done plenty of different jobs – we’ve beautified the entries into Port Augusta … and we (previously) volunteered to prune the roses at (A.M.) Ramsay Village.”

And if you want to know how many community building activities the PAGC has taken upon themselves, it’s akin to asking how long is a piece of string.

Some notable jobs included the Port Augusta cemetery which involved three full weekends of work.

Formed in 1977, the PAGC started after local TAFE lecturers noticed a strong interest from students and with some help from Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Port Augusta President John Zwar, the club was formed.

Membership peaked at around 100 members in the late eighties but has dropped to significantly lower numbers.

Fellow PAGC member Sandra Hill said there’s many benefits of coming to the event, especially for those who used to be members.

“There’s lots of reasons for why people joined and it’d be great if people can come back and swap stories,” she said. “Just to reminisce and see the changes about that town.” A sign of the club’s spirit can be seen in their own club-room’s garden which they turned from nothing to a spectacle for the eyes. For more information, please contact Kaye Coppley on 8642 4047.

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