Message to all Affiliates of The Garden Clubs of Australia
A number of clubs have contacted us regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular – should clubs hold regular monthly meetings. We have been informed that many clubs and regions have already cancelled meetings and zone get togethers.
The only reasonable advice we can offer at this time is for club executives and members to be aware and informed of the latest advice coming out from the government and health officials – this of course is being renewed on a daily basis.
The GCA is not equipped to offer any firm advice on such an important matter as the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that it seems to adversely affect the older folk, in particular those with existing health concerns and as most will be aware, the majority of our affiliates fall into the older age category.
We have seen numerous major gardening events and other high-profile events across the country cancelled and/or postponed. The GCA Committee is discussing the holding of our next few meetings via electronic media to reduce the risk to members.
The gardening community is a strong and resilient group and one would hope that all the health benefits we derive from our pleasurable pastime will hold us in good stead.
Be sensible, stay safe and our thoughts are with you during this very trying time.
We’re thinking of you.
Many garden club members lost all or part of their gardens in the spring and summer bushfires. We can only imagine how devastating it must be to see years of growth and work destroyed and every gardener will understand and empathise with how they must feel about their losses.
The Garden Clubs of Australia’s President George Hoad would like to write to fire-affected gardeners to extend our sympathy and best wishes to garden club members whose gardens have been directly affected by the fires. And Mr Fothergills’ Seed has kindly donated packets of mixed flower seeds to be sent with the letter.
Zone Coordinators are asked to contact Director of Zones Glenys Bruun Email and arrange for the GCA President to write to fire-affected gardeners and pass on the seeds, together with the thoughts and best wishes of garden club members around Australia.
The Garden Clubs of Australia’s 2020 Photo Competition
Until further notice, please direct your entries to this EMAIL address
Australian Gardening organisations are always active and well. Lots of interest created for their members, Community gardens growing vegetables and whatnot, reaping the rewards everyday. Children actively involved with planting, maintaining, admiring and using what they grow. Clubs arranging interesting visits and programmes for their members who happily participate and contribute preparing, growing for displays, attending Fairs to meet and greet friends and exchange information, knowledge and news.
The GCA is achieving this as well by providing a wonderful Insurance cover so that everyone can go about their business knowing that all individual members and the gardening organisations have them covered.
Our Facebook is a terrific way to post the activities and you can visit and like the news and information that can be posted there. For instance below is a link to the Facebook ‘Club Activity’ group which you are most welcome to share your clubs activities including this one. It all helps to get the word out. If there is anything else that can be done for you, contact us by clicking this email link.
Have a fabulous time with your gardening organisation so have a look on our Facebook