Williams River Gardener's Club celebrates 20 years

"Life starts the day you start a garden."

That's the motto for the Williams River Gardener's Club which recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

The club's inaugural meeting was held on April 17, 1999 with the aim of promoting love of gardening and native plantings; friendship through gardening; sharing ideas and gardening experience

Around 40 people celebrated with an anniversary lunch on their regular meeting day of April 10, at the CWA Hall in Dowling Street.

The catch-up included a meal supplied and served by the CWA ladies, plenty of laughter and - of course - applause in celebration of a club with such a long history.

A beautifully decorated cake took pride of place on the official table, there were raffle and door prizes and a hat competition provided a creative spectacle.

President Bev Irwin spoke a few words about the club's inception and founding members, and the goals set out at the inaugural meeting.

After lunch, guests were treated to a very interesting and informative talk on bromeliads, complete with a demonstration on division and re-potting, and many members left clutching newly-purchased bromeliads.