Trio of gardeners honoured

Recognised... Gore Garden Club members (from left) Lyn Hankey, Ann Thornley and Fay Graves are the club’s latest life members receiving the honour at last month’s meeting. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Three Gore Garden Club members have been awarded life memberships.

Lyn Hankey, Ann Thornley and Fay Graves were recognised at the August meeting.

Club secretary Noreen Thomas said the three women deserved the honour

“We just felt these three ladies have done an amazing job, especially at show time,” Mrs Thomas said.

“We just felt it was a very appropriate time for all the effort they have put in and the number of years that they have been involved in the club.”

Patroness Noeline Smith, president Anne Hunt and Mrs Thomas met to select the life members because all three were members of the committee.

“We wanted it to be a surprise.”

All three women had served in various positions in the club.

Mrs Thornley had been a member of the club for 18 years and served for more than 10 years as the flower show convener.

“Ann has organised our annual spud-in-a-bucket or pumpkin-growing competitions for members.

“She was involved in establishing the heritage orchard at Bannerman Park and the Mataura Museum.

“She has planted bulbs on council reserves. ”

A member of the club for 22 years, Mrs Hankey had a good knowledge of the club’s history and was a “walking encyclopedia” when it came to identifying plants.

“Lyn is the unsung hero, always working tirelessly and efficiently behind the scene getting the job done.”

In the 24 years Mrs Graves had been in the club she had shared her extensive floral art knowledge with members.

“Fay has added a lot of fun for our club members with her mystery Christmas bus trips and seasonal bus trips.”

The Gore Garden Club has cancelled its September meeting.

The October 14 meeting will be a silent auction where everyone is encouraged to bring along plants or produce.