Garden Club (With a Touch of Home):
Our Garden Club now meet on the 4th Monday of the month, as opposed to the last Monday. New members very welcome.
Our 1st get together of the year, started with our traditional picnic meeting. A short shower of rain did not deter the 39 Ladies (including 4 new members) all arrived with a packed lunch/chair and a glass for bubbles to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The programme for the year was outlined and we look forward to another exciting year.
Another very enjoyable afternoon was held on Monday June 25 with a midyear theme. Committee member Sonia explained some of the more unusual traditions of Christmas around the world. Other members then explained traditions in places they had lived. Everyone then participated in a test of 9 different spices. It was interesting to see how a number of spices do not taste very nice until they are added to food.
The Flavour of the Month competition was won by a Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter. A sumptuous afternoon tea was enjoyed with a delicious Christmas cake made by Adele.
The May meeting of the Pauanui Garden Club featured a “Touch of Home”.
Carla from Armoire (previously known as Trove) showed a very captive audience some of the many lovely products available in her shop. The most popular item appeared to be the “euro SCRUBBY”. After recommendations from two of the members they were all purchased. Carla did assure us she had more available.
Monthly competitions were once again well supported with some lovely blooms and fruit entries.
Next meeting is June 25 in the Southern Lounge of the Pauanui Club.
The Pauanui Garden Club held another very interesting afternoon on Monday April 23rd.
The guest speaker was Jenny Smith who showed the group many photos and explained the history of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. We also heard about the Eden Project a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall.
The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit and houses thousands of plant species within enclosures consisting of adjoining domes.
The “Taste Test” section had two winners. An Eggplant Dip and a Feijoa Smoothie.
Congratulations to the winners in the floral section with some magnificent blooms.
The Pauanui Garden Club held their February meeting at the home of Ally Moore. Around 35 members attended the annual Picnic day in the beautiful sunshine, where they were introduced to the new competition schedule for the year.
The monthly competitions now include “Flavours of the Month”.
The committee provided the “products” and 4 members were invited to judge by completing a taste test, with the winner being Colleen Witt.
Everyone was then able to taste for themselves if they wished.