Despite the years of drought, Penny Kater and and Jane Chandler felt that a gardening group for the Paterson-Allyn Valley might encourage enthusiastic gardeners to venture out once a month and share their interest with other like-minded gardeners.
“We called a meeting last May and have been overwhelmed with the response,” said president Mrs Chandler.
“Initially we called it the Gresford Garden Group but enthusiastic green fingers wandered along from the Upper Allyn to Paterson, and so very quickly we changed the name to Paterson-Allyn Garden Group.
“We are fortunate to have two qualified horticulturists as members, Penny Kater and Peter Brecknock. Peter is also a permaculturist.
“We are definitely not about competition-style gardening.
“We meet to discuss problems, to learn from a set topic each month such as soil types, pruning and tree care and to wander around a different garden each month.
“This gives us an enormous amount of pleasure.
“We have started a swap table of plants and shrubs and I think that this will prove to be highly successful and also a huge help to those just starting gardens.”
The group is affiliated with the Garden Clubs of Australia , a club with over 670 organisations and approximately 47,000 individuals.
The group meets at 10am every third Tuesday of the month except for December when they will meet on Tuesday 11th at Melanie and Harvey Collingwood-Boots lovely garden, just out of East Gresford.
“This is the home of TAR10 fine foods and we will be able to sample their amazing jams and preserves and have the opportunity to purchase lovely Christmas gifts,” Mrs Chandler said.
“TAR10 has won so many awards this year at the Royal Sydney and Royal Hobart Fine Food Fairs.
“This is an amazing result for one of our local businesses.”
Anyone interested in joining the group please phone Jane Chandler on 4938 9189.