Members enjoyed the Diggers Garden Party.
Members enjoyed the Diggers Garden Party.

Group blossoms over 20 years

LAST WEEK the Diggers Garden Group met for a cup of tea, a chat and a chance to slow down and smell the roses.

The second meeting of the year saw new committee members selected and new members registered..

The Diggers Garden Group began 20 years ago with six country women sharing a similar interest in gardening getting together for company once a month. It has grown from there.

The group now has over 200 members from all over south-east Queensland.

The philosophy of the group is to share knowledge and foster friendship.

The group of gardening enthusiasts meets each month at a Garden Day. This month’s meet included the group’s annual general meeting and was held in Warwick in the Kenny family garden.

Clint Kenny has been a Warwick resident for nearly six years and runs landscaping business Clint Kenny Designs. He happily showed off his gardening handiwork to members while he was in the midst of building up his garden.

Each meeting allows the group to raise money for charity and discuss the dispersal of these funds. A “bring and buy” stall is set up to sell plants and produce that has been donated by members.

This initiative was instigated by Lynice Thirkell and is now a regular feature of the meetings. During its 20-year history, the group has raised an astounding $40,000.

The 2010 calendar is already packed with Garden Days, a Winter Workshop and a special Melbourne Cup Day event.

The March Garden Day will be a big one this year as it will mark the group’s 20th anniversary.

For more details about the Diggers Garden Group, contact president Philomena Aspinall on 4685 2278 or Garden Day co-ordinator Trish McCarthy on 02 6736 2523.



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