Autumn might be upon us but the Whanganui Garden Club is in a growth phase.
Club president Reg Kidd says things had stagnated in the club in recent years and he was determined to inject some new life into the organisation.
"We've got about 60 members and run flower and produce competitions each month, but I think we can beyond that," Reg says.
The club organises trips to the Taranaki garden festival and is working up an agenda of guest speakers. The club's annual meeting is coming up in May and he says they were also working to get some high profile guest speakers during the year.
"We're also starting to organise visits to our club members' gardens and asking them to consider opening their gardens to the public if we hold some sort of garden ramble event.
"And there are also some very nice local gardens belonging to people who aren't members of our club but we'd like to try and get them involved. I believe we have gardens that deserve to be shown off."
Reg says a prime aim was to recruit more members. Currently the club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at the Dempsey and Forrest lounge in Guyton St. Its two major events are the annual summer and spring shows.
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