The Mount Gambier Country Garden Club’s 30th anniversary was in full bloom on Friday at the Barn Palais, hosting garden royalty.
The highlight of the celebration was special guest Horticultural Media Association Australia vice president Michael Keelan, who spoke about gardening and garden tourism.
Mr Keelan is arguably the longest and most continuously serving member of the horticultural media scene in the nation.
Since the early 1970s he has been promoting horticulture in almost every aspect of the media including radio, television, newspaper and social media.
Mr Keelan said he enjoyed visiting the region for various reasons.
“I love the area and it is fabulous to be able to help celebrate such an important milestone for the club,” he said.
“I enjoyed the opportunity to talk about the international movement of garden tourism and its importance not only to the local economy, but to the state and country.
“I also spoke about the Australian Garden Calendar by the South Australian branch of the Horticultural Media Association Australia.
“People can look at the calendar any month and see what horticultural events are happening around the state, country and even the world.
“It will grow slowly but within five or 10 years, it will be a necessity before you travel if you are keen on gardens, parks, arborators or anything agricultural.”
Mount Gambier Country Garden Club vice president Deb Paschke said it was exciting to have someone of great repute speak to celebrate the club’s 30-year anniversary.
“It was also a chance to showcase the region because we have fantastic weather and beautiful gardens down here all year round,” she said.
“We are very thankful to have been operating for 30 years and going from strength to strength.
“It is really special for any organisation to exist for so long and we look forward to evolving for another 30 years to come.”