Garden gurus of Port Pirie get together show off their roses.

BEAUTIFUL: Mostyn Clinton and Cheryl Hickey inspect roses which were a part of the Port Pirie Garden Club meeting held this week. Photo: Christian Cominos.
BEAUTIFUL: Mostyn Clinton and Cheryl Hickey inspect roses which were a part of the Port Pirie Garden Club meeting held this week. Photo: Christian Cominos.

Move over Better Homes and Gardens, because there are some top notch gardening gurus in Port Pirie.

If you have a passion for gardening or want to pick up some new skills or a hobby, then head over to the Anglican church every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.

Port Pirie Garden Club president Patricia Harris said members welcomed any newcomers and would love to see some youth join their ranks.

The club does great things for the community including fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Members said gardening was important to them because its was a great relaxing hobby that gets them out of the house.

Ms Harris said the secret to a good garden was hard work, and a great way to get into gardening was by growing vegetables.

At club meetings there is the chance to win plants and seeds by entering raffles and there is a trading table where members bring in plants to auction.

The group also gets competitive each month where they vote for the best bloom and display tables.

This week they voted on who grew the best rose and who had the prettiest decorative tin, and the member with the most wins at the end of the year is rewarded.

With all that fun comes some important education lessons too.

This month, Ms Harris taught members how to properly grow the Australian native eremophila, of which there is over 300 species. It blooms beautiful flowers of pink and purple. To make the plant grow better growers can dip the branch stem into honey or a small amount of vegemite before putting it into soil.

The club has been operating since 1983 and are always looking for new members.

Residents could expect club members to come knocking if they notice a nice garden - it is one way of recruiting gardeners.

Meetings are also social with coffee and chat.

To find out more, contact the president, Patricia Harris on 0429 317 455.

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