There was a great feeling of excitement, as members of the Blockhouse Bay Gardening Club gathered to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
It all began in 1968 when a group of young mothers whose children attended St Dominic’s Primary School decided to set up a little garden club which they called St Dominic’s Garden Group. They met every Tuesday in the school’s hall to socialise and talk about their shared interests. In the 90s meetings of the group moved to Blockhouse Bay Community Centre and the name was changed to Blockhouse Bay Garden Club. The club now has 80 members.
Unfortunately, some of that earlier club history has been lost, however, Mrs Mary Watters, the only foundation member remaining in the club, was able to give an approximate date of the group’s foundation based on the ages of her children!
In 1975 a silver rose bowl was first awarded for best garden and floral arrangements, and in recent years a silver cup for floral art was added to their trophies. The regular club programme includes a trading table, guest speakers (mostly on gardening topics), competitions and outings to places of interest. They also hold raffles and organise special trips to garden-related places of interest.
The club welcomes new members. Contact Yvonne Dabb on 09 627 9903.
By Kerry Lee