Member for Gympie Tony Perrett with winner of the best dressed lady competition Raelene Kross (left) and runner-up Linda Percival.
Member for Gympie Tony Perrett with winner of the best dressed lady competition Raelene Kross (left) and runner-up Linda Percival.

Merry time for gardeners

GYMPIE Municipal Horticultural Society wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May your gardening be great and may all your plants be healthy and beautiful.

We're hoping for plenty of rain in the near future to keep them alive and well.

There were red and green colours everywhere for the society Christmas party at Gunabul Homestead last Saturday with 75 members having so much fun.

Clearly, whatever needed to be done in their garden was forgotten as they had a laugh looking at each other costumes.

President Henry Kross welcomed Gympie State MP Tony Perrett and his wife Michelle, and members, especially society patron Betty Cockburn and Gert Pearson, who will be celebrating her 101st birthday on New Years' Day.

Gert is one incredible lady who enjoys the friendship of the garden club.

Gardeners love having some friendly competitions especially with cut flowers or plants in pots.

So why not have a series of quiz questions about Christmas with every table being given several copies and plenty of time to guess what the answers could possibly be.

Questions and answers were read out by president Henry. The table with the most points (17 out of 20) was Beryl Polkinghorne, Jan Davies, Marion Manthey, Bevan Cross, Bruce and Joy Drummond, Cedric and Lynette Jensen and they were awarded a box of Roses chocolates.

Patron Betty Cockburn gave a prayer before everyone tucked into a delicious meals of ham, chicken, roast potato, pumpkin, steamed beans and carrots followed by alternate drops of pavlova or lemon lime set cheesecake with berry compote.

There were so many prizes, it was just a matter of waiting and hoping your number got called out with Joy Drummond winning the lucky door prize of Roses chocolates.

Four bags of fertiliser were handed out with the first one going to Bev Comerford, second to Thelma Alexander, third to Bevan Cross and lastly John Martin. These prizes were drawn out by Tony and Michelle Perrett.

Norm Breen did a wonderful job creating Christmas placemats that incorporated a large photo of a cactus flower on one side and, on the other side, numerous photos creating a collage effect using Raelene Kross' photos of gardeners having fun and learning heaps throughout the year.

Michelle Perrett judged and handed out prizes for the best dressed Christmas outfits starting with the men.

She walked around the room, keeping everyone guessing about who would be the lucky winner. First prize went to Jim McIntyre followed by Norm Breen.

Ladies were equally impressive with their lovely bright costumes with Michelle choosing Raelene Kross as the winner and Linda Percival second.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 20 at the Honey Bee Farm, 20 Hasthorpe Rd, Kandanga.

Please bring your hat, cup/mug and a plate to share with fellow gardeners (chair is not required). Please car pool if possible.

Gympie Times


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