Garden club closes but lives on in seat

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By Maureen Bishop

The Mayfield Garden Club may have disbanded but its name will live on through a gift to the Mayfield Domain.

The club had its final meeting this week and celebrated the installation of a seat in the Mayfield Domain with two bubbles – the soapy kind blown through the air and those in the bottle.

The club donated the seat, along with additional funds towards the purchase of plants for the domain.

A drop in members and with little likelihood of attracting new people, the club decided to disband. In recent times it has been meeting only every second month with about 12 people attending.

In earlier days it proved a great place to make friends and gain gardening knowledge said two long-serving members.

Both Natalie Holdaway and Edna Ralston joined when they moved to the district. Mrs Holdaway has been a member for 30 years, while it is over 50 years since Mrs Ralston joined.

In earlier days the club would tour gardens on bus trips and the competition sections at meetings always saw the tables loaded with entries, they said.

The knowledge and experience of other members was most helpful when she was establishing a new garden, Mrs Holdaway said.

On hand to receive the seat was Barry Austin, the chairman of the Mayfield Reserve Board and groundsman, John Fleming.