Garden city NSA branch visits Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
AS SPRING arrives on September 1 each year, Toowoomba bursts into a blaze of colour. This year was no exception and Garden City Branch of National Seniors Australia enjoyed the Carnival of Flowers and Gardens while also making a special effort to view gardens in the Country Garden Competition.
On Wednesday September 23, a bus load visited the prizewinners in Pittsworth and Oakey: the first bus to do so this year. The four gardens in Pittsworth included the first and second prize winners in the Country Gardens Competition but all four were magnificent. They were struck by the friendly welcome and helpful explanations given by the owners and we all admired the skill and dedication on display.
An impressive feature of some was the extensive vegetable gardens with luscious greens, strawberries and also mulberries, leading to some stained fingers and lips. There were many questions asked, notes taken and photos snapped.
After visiting three gardens, a leisurely and satisfying lunch was enjoyed at the Tattersalls Hotel before viewing the fourth and heading for home via Oakey. The drive north to Oakey was an opportunity to admire an area they do not often visit, although holding childhood memories for some. There were glimpses of the plains to the west but some in the bus were seen to doze. The large Oakey garden has developed spectacularly since visited two years ago and is now an amazing example of what can be achieved through skill and hard work.
The meeting this month coincided with carnival week and school holidays enabling members to welcome six Toowoomba Space Pilots (aged eight to eighteen) who, along with their leader Barry Whisson, enlightened all on the 50-year history of that club.
It began as a boys' club, within the Rangeville Methodist Church, under the guidance of Trevor and Shirley McIvor. This was the beginning of the space age which sparked great interest among the boys. The challenge was taken up by Trevor and others and with co-operation from many other organisations including NASA, the club grew rapidly as the boys' enthusiastically learned about space, science and themselves.
Fifty years on, the enthusiasm remains, girls have joined, larger premises have been found and a whole range of activities are undertaken including making and launching their own rockets. However, the club is about much more than space as it encourages personal development, co-operation, games and the like, all in a Christian context.
The next meeting of Garden City National Seniors will be at the Drayton Bowls Club on Monday, October 19 at 9.30am. Guest speakers will be Nicki Laws and Ann Alcock.
The bus trip on Wednesday October 28 will be a mystery Progressive Luncheon. For further information phone Hazel on 4635 4519.