More keen Tamahere gardeners are being invited along to the Hillcrest Garden Club.
Some Tamahere residents already enjoy the garden visits, monthly club nights and guest speakers but more green-fingered people are welcome, said club president Diana Jones, who is from Tamahere.
“I am not aware of another garden club near Tamahere, so there may be some locals who will be interested in coming along to our meetings,” she said.
Regular club evenings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from February to November at 7.30pm at the St Francis Community Church Lounge, Morrinsville Rd, Hillcrest.
Guest speakers frequently address the meetings, and past topics have included iris growing, bonsai growing, the Hamilton community gardens, Maungatautari-Sanctuary Mountain, and photography.
Quiz nights are also popular as are fundraising auction nights, plant sales and raffles. The club makes donations to the Hamilton Gardens and Sanctuary Mountain.
“Our meetings always conclude with supper and time to socialize with other members,” Jones said.
Up to six times a year, the club arranges garden visits, which have included visits to a local commercial orchid grower, the Tamahere Eventide Gardens with its restored gully, the Cambridge Tree Trust, the Waikato University grounds, and a range of garden centres.
“Most garden visits usually involve coffee or lunch, too, so it becomes a social outing as well.”
The club subscription is $15 per person per year. For more details on the Hillcrest Garden Club contact Diana, 07 856 5255, or Rosemary, 07 856 0036.