Garden club helps beautify Winton

Winton Garden Club incoming president Janice Coles.

THE Winton Garden Club continues to grow with its many projects and annual flower show and art exhibition.

Spring Flower Show co-convener Joan Jordan said the club, which began 54 years ago, supported many community projects in the town.

“The club was started after a group of women, who had a love of gardening, wanted to beautify Winton.”

One of its founding members, Peg Leach, was still a member, she said.

Members had worked together to “support [garden beautification and plots] work around the town until 2006, when the council took over the gardens.”

During the club’s first quarter century, members also helped with plantings at the former sports grounds, which had since been “repurposed as a skate park”.

“Everything was dug up and removed.”

In recent years, members also helped beautify the Winton Rotary (walking/cycle) Trail which circled the town.

“We helped with the shelter at the Longwood subdivision and the two nearby gardens and maintain them.

“We also look after another planting on the Meldrum St side, and have planted a lot of the daffodils along the track.”

To mark its 25th and 50th anniversaries, plaques had been installed in the garden by the town clock, Mrs Jordan said.

The club welcomed more members and met on the second Tuesday of the month, from February to December, at 7.30pm, at the Anglican Church Hall, Meldrum St, Winton.

It hosted “interesting speakers”, garden visits, a monthly club competition, and the members were keen to share their love of gardens.

Showtime for 37th year
The club’s annual Spring Flower Show and Art Exhibition would be held next week.

Into its 37th year, as well as at least 1200 entries of a variety of flowers, blooms, vegetables, the children’s section and floral art competition, there would be plants for sale, and raffles for a hamper, meat packs and grocery items.

“One of our members has been enthusiastically growing plants from seed for the plant sale.”

Daffodils were a huge feature with many classes on offer from open, amateur and novice classes, including single bloom, collection, doubles, trumpets and large and small cups.

Entries were already up on last year’s Flora Art competition, Mrs Jordan said.

As well as a non-competitive display, there would also be an amateur floral art challenge, titled High Tea, an arrangement using a cup, saucer and plate, to be decided by public vote.

  • 37th Winton Garden Club Spring Flower Show and Art Exhibition 2020, Memorial Hall, Meldrum St. Entries taken Thursday, September 24, 11am-6pm. Open to the public, Friday, September 25, 2pm-6pm, and Saturday, September 26, 9am-3.30pm. Admission: $5.

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