Margaret Marden got the surprise of her life when awarded life-membership at Meningie's Garden Club meeting

Ninety-one year old Margaret Marden of Meningie got the surprise of her life on Monday at the monthly Meningie Garden Club meeting when she was presented with life membership.

Margaret’s’ daughter-in-law Marion Marden travelled from Strathalbyn to witness the surprise presentation.

Margaret is in inaugural member of the club and not even Margaret knows what year the club was formed but it is believed to have been created more than fifty years ago. Margaret has been a dedicated member over the decades with a great knowledge of many different aspects of gardening. Margaret was the backbone of the Meningie Show flower competitions for many decades and has been and still is a hard worker when needed and is an inspiration to other club members.

Margaret has a beautiful colourful garden which she established only recently after moving into Meningie after spending most of her life at Stony Well on the Coorong.

Around twelve members and friends attended the August meeting which was held at the home of Rd Heading. After the meeting members wandered through his extensive collection of native plants and picked at his knowledge regarding Australian native plants.

The competition of a pot plant in a tin was won by Marianne Cunneen with some cute snow bells in a jam tin followed by a fern by Janice Nuske. The best bloom was won by Bevra Squires with a Banksia and runner up was Myra Day.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, 17 September at the home of Jenny Smith where there will be a demonstration on dividing and propagating, and will feature a very large elk horn belonging to Jenny being separated and re-established.

A reminder to the community that the annual garden gate competition will once again be held over the September/October long week with judging taking place on Saturday, 29 September.

The club is also planning a bus trip to the South Australian Fern ad Begonia Society Show on Saturday, 20 October. If anyone is interested in going, contact Pauline on 0409 617 501.