Founder of local garden club celebrated
Long-time Central Coast local, Beryl Collins, is being recognised for her decades of service as founder of Kulnura and District Garden Club in Yarramalong after turning 95 years old in March.
Beryl Collins - 95 years young.
13 May 2022
THE Kulnura and District Garden Club continues to serve as an important community group offering members gardening tours, speakers from horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike, and has given all members a great sense of community.
Beryl Collins started the club in March 1980, and reflects on all that she and the group have accomplished over the years. In that time, Beryl Collins has won over 70 awards, including five times for the Wyong Shire Champion Garden Award and has been recognised three times as the Central Coast Grand Champion.
“All my life I have been interested in gardening, as was my mother, my father, and my grandfather who in fact worked at the famous Chelsea Garden shows where he developed the first blue rose during the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” Beryl said.
“In late February 1980, Margaret Davis, who was the founder and president of Garden Clubs Australia rang me to ask if I would like to start the garden club in my area. I enthusiastically responded ‘yes’, and it has been a wonderful experience ever since.”
With a current membership of around 90 individuals, the Kulnura and District Garden Club continues to attract green thumbs all across the Central Coast.
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford, commends Ms. Collins’ efforts and dedication to build the club as well as providing an invaluable source of community spirt.
“As someone who also enjoys gardening, Ms. Collins has done an amazing job in running the club over many decades. It was great to see the interesting and varied activities that the club engages in, and this truly would not have come about if not for Ms Collins’ passion for all things gardening,” Ms. Tesch said.
Beryl Collins says the club continues to host a monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month where members then visit a different garden and listen to guest speakers.
“Being with like-minded people is always wonderful, and I must say that the present committee should be highly commended to keep it going,” she said.
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