Com­mu­nity gar­den suc­cess

The Free Press (Corowa) - - EDITORIAL -

Corowa res­i­dents and vis­i­tors helped give the Corowa Com­mu­nity Gar­den its best sup­ported open day and plant sale to date.

Un­like Wed­nes­day when the rain was run­ning off the roof of the ro­tunda dur­ing a visit from the How­long Se­nior Cit­i­zens, on Satur­day it stayed away un­til ev­ery­one had left and all the stalls were cleared away.

The shop­pers were treated to a large quan­tity of qual­ity plants, cut flow­ers, (even two huge do­nated tree ferns were sold), Devon­shire tea and bar­be­cue sausages.

Mick Hughes had a very suc­cess­ful stall sell­ing drinks and other goodies.

Peo­ple were very gen­er­ous with their pur­chase of raf­fle tick­ets.

The Corowa Com­mu­nity Gar­den raf­fle was drawn on Satur­day and the win­ners were: first prize went to Kate Forn­ton who re­ceived a quilt, sec­ond prize went to Chris Bryant who re­ceived a bucket of Sea­sob Prod­ucts and third prize went to Tony Hughes who re­ceived a mini wheel­bar­row planted with suc­cu­lents.

Mean­while, Corowa Com­mu­nity Gar­den Pres­i­dent David Bar­wick and Sec­re­tary Lynn Fred­er­icks wel­comed the How­long vis­i­tors on Wed­nes­day un­der a very wet ro­tunda where they en­joyed a morn­ing tea.

Mr Fred­er­icks gave a short his­tory of the de­vel­op­ment of the gar­den.

Fol­low­ing morn­ing tea the vis­i­tors were in­vited to stroll around the gar­den and se­lect which ever veg­eta­bles they fan­cied.

Broad beans seemed to be the favourite; and rhubarb was ea­gerly sought too.

The pub­lic can come at any time and se­lect what­ever is avail­able for a do­na­tion.

On Satur­day, it was won­der­ful to see so many Corowa res­i­dents come to the gar­den for the first time and to learn of the ben­e­fits they can re­ceive.

Ev­ery­one made a bee line to­wards the plant stall and no one walked away empty handed. Lots of ad­vice on soil health and how to grow healthy plants was gen­er­ously shared by the gar­den­ers; even com­post was sought after.

The White Ele­phant stall was a favourite venue.

Vis­i­tors were even seen to be se­lect­ing a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles from the gar­dens and pay­ing with a do­na­tion.

Libby Liv­ingston set­ting up her plant stall at the week­end.

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