GLEBE GARDEN CLUB (IPSWICH)
The Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich) was formed in November 1999. While it is an outreach ministry of the Glebe Road Uniting Church, Eileen Street, Booval, it’s primary role is that of a community garden club servicing the community and open for anyone in the community to join and become a member. The club operates in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, is multifunctional in its activities and does not specialize in any particular area or plant species. It is a general garden club!
Origin of Club Name: The club got its name from the term “Glebe” – that being an old term originally used to describe a plot of ground used to grow garden produce. It was also used to describe land granted to a clergyman as part of his benefice – an old practice of providing a permanent income for particular church positions. History has it (1880) that there was such a “Glebe” situated on Glebe Road in Ipswich – at the time known as Albert Street. “Glebe”, being tied to the ground and the fact that the Uniting Church is on Glebe Road, the Glebe Garden Club (Ipswich) was given its name.
Club Function and Activities: The Glebe Garden Club conducts its club functions on the first Saturday of every month commencing at 1.30 pm. While the program for each club function varies, the format revolves around guest speaker, helpful hints, gardening news, question time, birthday club, lucky door prizes, and afternoon tea. One of the highlights of each club function is the fellowship experienced during these magnificent afternoon teas. Members don’t want to leave, and one virtually has to sweep them out during “clean up”.
Additionally; the success of club functions have not been limited to in-doors, but also out-door activities such as bus trips, visiting personal gardens and parks, and presenting horticultural displays at various shows. The club has also taken on a project, in conjunction with the Ipswich City Council, to re-furbish and re-open the glass house to the public, that being located in Queen’s Park. This has been completed and the glass house is again open to the public.
Club Funding: The cost of each club function is $2.00 per person. Members can also become financial members at a cost of $10.00 per single or $15.00 a couple. Other club funds come from donations, profit from plant stalls and the club’s annual “Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo” held on the last Saturday of August of each year. Club members donate most of the plants for their Garden Club stall on the day.
Club Contacts: Should you be interested in coming to a club function and/or joining the club, you may contact either Mavis Wakefield (Publicity Officer) on (07) 32810665 or David Murphy (Secretary) on 07 3288 8619. You may also contact David by Email using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary: The focus of the club has, and will always be, people. Because the club involves members from many walks of life, it is totally focused towards the sensitivity of its members. It is often in sharing and working alongside others that the greatest bonds of friendship are built, and meaningful dialogue takes place. You are most welcome at the Glebe Garden Club!