Port Augusta Garden Club celebrates 40th anniversary

BIRTHDAY: Members of the Port Augusta Garden Club celebrated their 40th birthday. PHOTO: Shirley Mundy.

BIRTHDAY: Members of the Port Augusta Garden Club celebrated their 40th birthday. PHOTO: Shirley Mundy.

The Port Augusta Garden Club (PAGC) celebrated its 40th anniversary in a day filled with memories, laughter and enjoyment.

PAGC Vice-President Sandra Hill had found references to an early Garden Lovers Club in the Transcontinental of the 1950’s, and stories of garden interest in the Port Augusta Dispatch from the 1880’s.

These were on display, along with scrapbooks and photo albums, put together by member Carley Hodgins.

A slide show on the computer was running all day as well.

Messages of Congratulations were read from Friends of Arid Lands Botanic Garden President John Zwar who founded the PAGC, Zone Coordinator of Garden Clubs of Australia, Port Pirie’s John Jonker, President of Whyalla Garden Society, Briony Coulter, and present member Pam Bennett who lives in Wallaroo.

Two current members travelled from Adelaide, as well as four ladies from Whyalla.

PAGC also welcomed former members to the day of celebrations as food was provided by members which was enjoyed throughout the day.

A very pleasant interlude in the day’s proceedings was a walk to see the gardens of neighbours Beryl French and Jill Kirkham, who live only three streets from the Club House.

Cuttings and pots were shared with those with green thumbs. PAGC members resolved to meet again in 10 years time for PAGC’s 50th Birthday.

Ethel Jenkinson, who joined in 1982 and Shirley Medwin, who joined 1981, both Life Members, cut a special 40th Birthday Cake. 

Here are six of the eight members associated with the Club from that family. Some of them have their names engraved on the

Throughout the club’s 40 years of history, a total of 547 names were recorded and shown at the well-attended celebrations at the Garden Club Hall.

The surname Grantham was represented 13 times, while the name Hill came in second (11 of that surname but not all related to each other).

GARDEN CLUB: Ethel Jenkinson (joined 1982) and Shirley Medwin (joined 1981), both life members, prepare to cut the 40th birthday cake.

GARDEN CLUB: Ethel Jenkinson (joined 1982) and Shirley Medwin (joined 1981), both life members, prepare to cut the 40th birthday cake.

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