GORGEOUS SURROUNDS: Sarah Parry-Okeden with Amy and Ava Bryant at the Leichardt Garden Club’s Christmas break-up.
GORGEOUS SURROUNDS: Sarah Parry-Okeden with Amy and Ava Bryant at the Leichardt Garden Club’s Christmas break-up.

New office bearers elected at club break-up day

LEICHHARDT Garden Club held its Christmas break-up at Bridge Creek, the home of Emily and Tom Blackley last Wednesday, November 13.

The day dawned with the thickest dust storm for the year but thankfully it wasn’t accompanied by a crazy wind and the temperature wasn’t too hot.

Emily’s garden is an inviting, green oasis with beautiful big shady trees, the most notable being a massive Drunken Parrot tree.

In the seven to eight years the family has lived there, the garden has been fenced to keep the wildlife out and the two active little girls in.

Emily has also established beds with an assortment of shrubs. Her latest additions are the rose beds out the front.

The formal part of the day began with a general meeting, and then the AGM.

President Mary Atkins thanked Gretchen and Susie for all their hard work running the club for the past 12 months.

Gretchen reported on the club’s activities during this period.

Adam Clark chaired the meeting and the new office bearers were elected for the new year: president Jessica Chandler, secretary/treasurer Emily Blackley, and publicity officers Sue Presho and Helen McLennan.

Jessica Chandler and Emily Blackley enjoy the mulit-draw raffle and Secret Santa gift exchange at the Leichardt Garden Club’s Christmas break-up.
Jessica Chandler and Emily Blackley enjoy the mulit-draw raffle and Secret Santa gift exchange at the Leichardt Garden Club’s Christmas break-up.

On a sad note, the club said farewell to Adam and Dot Clark as they are preparing to move to Toowoomba.

Adam and Dot seldom missed a garden day.

Members will miss their wonderful company and thank them for the wealth of knowledge they have shared over the years.

After the official business, members moved on into the fun part of the day which included the drawing of the multi-draw raffle. Next was Secret Santa where members contributed a small gift, and in turn received one.

To complete the day, members shared a delicious lunch that everyone contributed to and finished off with beautiful Christmas cakes made by Nell Blackley and Sue Presho.

Jess and Em are very enthusiastic about next year. They are looking for gardens to visit during that time.

Remember every garden is unique, no matter how big or small.

Hopefully the region receives some much-needed rain soon and 2020 is a much kinder year for everyone in the garden.