A little more about us.
We hold monthly meetings with plant competitions, a borrowing library, reasonably priced plants for
sale and *afternoon tea. *Visitors are always welcome. We have a speaker talking on a different
topic of interest at each meeting. (*see mote information on our "Club Meetings" page)
Members are emailed an informative monthly newsletter. The Newsletter can also be found on the Clubs Private Facebook account.
Tewantin-Noosa Garden Club (TNGC) is affiliated with the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs Inc. and Garden Clubs of Australia Inc.
IN THE BEGINNING
On the 11th May 1964 the Tewantin-Noosa Garden Club was formed when 17 intending members met in the C.W.A. Rooms Tewantin and elected President Ida Duncan, Secretary Helen Edwards and Treasurer Mrs McGladrigan, thus establishing a non-fundraising, non-profit making club that welcomed all interested gardeners.
An annual membership fee of 10s-6d was decided upon with 6d for afternoon tea. Guest speakers were invited and competitions held in Floral Art, Flowers for Fun, Cut Flowers, Potted Plants, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit, and Tropical Fruit. A library was established.
Over the next 50 years the club has moved meeting venue a number of times but has kept to the principles established in 1964. Membership has fluctuated over the years - up to 110 in 2008 - 60 at our 50th celebration and 100 in 2016.
From inception to the 1990s floral arrangements were a big part of the club’s competition and activity. Club Achievements over the years include participation in the Nambour Chelsea Flower Show from 1969 to 1974, then 1978 to 1987 and 1994. In the sixties activities included Floral carpets as non-competitive displays at the CWA Flower shows, bouquets for Debutante Balls, sprays for the Tewantin State School “Maytime Quest Entrants” and special arrangements for the opening of Noosa’s Shire Library.
Co-operation with Noosa Council began early with a two guinea donation to the “Sandfly Eradication Campaign” in 1965 and two members on the “Beautification Committee”- helping with planting gardens around the Ambulance and Noosa Arts: street tree plantings in 1967, 1976, 1982; Swift Park Cooroy as well as Australia Day plantings.
In September 1978 the Club affiliated with the Garden Club of Australia Inc. Affiliation with the Queensland Council of Garden Clubs Inc. came in September 1981. In 1991 came affiliation with the Floral Art Society of Queensland Inc. In 1995 the Club won the inaugural “Sally Kalina Award for the Best Effort within an Australian Zone”. In 1996 the QCGC Twin Club Scheme teamed TNGC with Stafford Garden Club. The annual “Club Champion” trophy commenced in 1995 when a painting was commissioned from club member Lesley Fishbourne.
A monthly newsletter called “The Afternoon Tea Tree” was started in 1989 and continued to be published in that format for 10 years. "The Tewantin-Noosa Garden Club Inc. Newsletter" is the new style with news, competition results and members articles.
Through the years the garden club has held excursions- either by bus or car pool - to many public and private gardens and to the Toowoomba Flower festival. Many interesting speakers have shared their knowledge on a wide variety of garden subjects - showing members how to prune, pot, divide, test soil and treat disease.
Friendship days are held each year to promote friendship and gardening with other clubs and local residents.
Membership fee is $45. (including badge)
Membership renewal fee is $30