Hillwood Garden Club

When:
Hillwood Garden Club meet at Hillwood Community Hall, 7.30 pm on the third Monday of the month from February to November or December each year.

During the year there is usually one working bee at the pontoon garden, a mid winter feast and an end of year lunch.

What:
We have guest speakers where possible. A trade table is usually conducted plus a raffle.  The winner of the raffle provides the prize for the next meeting.

Cost:
There are no membership fees but we ask that attendees pay $2 to cover hall hire and tea or coffee.  We ask that a plate of supper is brought for the evening.

Contact:
President: Robin Claxton – robinclaxton@bigpond.com / 0418 463 347 OR
Secretary: Geraldine Goodwin – philip_goodwin@bigpond.com / 63948267

Garden Club History and Activities:

The Garden Club was started in September 2004 when 24 people attended a meeting at the Fire Station.  Carol Cowley was appointed Chairperson, Christine Fountain as Secretary and Pam Claxton as Treasurer.  Seven of those who attended or were an apology are still active members almost 15 years later.

Since mid 2007, meetings have been held at the Hillwood Hall on the third Monday of the month. Meetings usually have a guest speaker and over the years a wide range of subjects has been presented Including:-  bee keeping, native plants, weed control, Parks and Wildlife Service, worms, orchids, snakes, pruning roses, garden accidents, bush fires, a Hunter Valley garden, char production in Nepal followed by a practical session, meditation in the garden, The Pioneer Avenue, gardens at Port Arthur Historic site, garden photography, commercial strawberry growing, Ginger Syndrome affecting gum trees, Well Dressing in UK, Chinese travels, Travels in India, Gardens in Singapore, Raithby Plant Nursery, photography in gardens (Wolfram Borgis), gardens in Western North America, birds of the Tamar, insects and other creatures, making a terrarium, Hillwood Community Website, soil pH, wreath making, making a kokedama (two sessions) and seed swaps.

The Club has been formally associated with Clean-Up Australia Day and Boneseed Blitz, as well as regular working bees at Jetty Park.

In addition there have been numerous dinners, usually with a theme, including a Greek night, an English dinner, 3Ps (poetry, plonk and food starting with letter P) and a breakfast at Rosevears.

This is not a complete list but serves to show how the Garden Club educates the members as well as entertains them.

There is no annual membership fee but members contribute $2 at each meeting and there are raffles, best flower on the night plus goods for sale.  Fund raising activities are undertaken as appropriate.

The Club has donated over $1500 to various causes and charities over the years.  Groups benefitting include Hillwood Jetty Park which is largely managed by the Club with substantial working bees and purchase of plants.  The recreation ground in Hillwood has also been supported with trees purchased for the playground area and along the creek.  Donations have been made to groups as various as Reptile Rescue, Victorian and Tasmanian bushfire relief, George Town Community Garden and Stephanie Alexander Garden at Port Dalrymple School, RSPCA and the Cancer Council.

Overall, Garden Club activities aim to be both social and educational with a slant towards community.  And food always seems to loom large in Garden Club activities!

[History compiled February 2019]