By Robyn Da Costa
Lithgow and District Garden Club celebrated it’s 15th anniversary with a luncheon and book launch at Eskbank House on Wednesday 18th February.
The Vale Ladies served a beautiful lunch in the grounds. The celebration cake, featuring wildflowers, was made by member Ethel Blackadder and was cut by founding treasurer and Life Member Lillian Gummow.
Founding President and Life Member Al Ritchie spoke on the beginnings of the Club 15yrs ago. Brian Wilkinson provided background music in the garden creating a garden party atmoshpere.
Guests came from all areas. In attendance there were Official Guests Mayor Maree Statham, Hon. Paul Toole, as well as others such as Rosie Galloway from the Lithgow High School.
The day was also a celebration, not only of the Garden Club’s birthday, but also the launch of the Garden Club’s book “Wombats Don’t Eat Potplants”.
The book, a collection of stories, poems, recipes and other general tips was launched by Maree. More than 80 of the Garden Club’s members contributed to the book offering everything from, poems and recipes to general tips and memories of their days growing up.
The book was the brainchild of President Kerry Klemens who wanted to ”gather members’ stories before they were lost”. A large amount of work went into producing the book and with the help of Social Secretary Pat Thomson, and many chocolate frogs, Kerry created her dream.