Garden club celebrates groundbreaking milestone

Caboolture Garden Club founding member Tom Morgan looks proudly over the garden he helped create at Caboolture Historical Village.
Caboolture Garden Club founding member Tom Morgan looks proudly over the garden he helped create at Caboolture Historical Village. Sheree Echlin

ALTHOUGH his time in the garden is now limited, Tom Morgan is most at home surrounded by flowers, shrubs and trees.

The Caboolture resident, who turns 93 on his next birthday, is an inaugural member of the Caboolture Garden Club and is looking forward to celebrating the club's 40th birthday this year.

Tom and his late wife Lyle started the beautiful gardens, including the rainforest at the Caboolture Historical Village grounds and spent many years looking after them.

"It's a great effort, well it is for me," Tom said of the club celebrating 40 years.

"I don't get out into the garden anymore but I come into the village every Monday for a visit."

His favourite flower is the orchid and you can see his eyes light up as he talks about his achievements since the beginning of the club, when it was known as the Caboolture Horticultural Society.

"I do miss spending time in the garden but it's one of those things. I had to give it away sooner or later," Tom said.

The Caboolture Garden Club is affiliated with Gardens Australia, which is associated with more than 850 clubs throughout Australia.

Caboolture Garden Club secretary Noel Milliner said celebrating 40 years as a club was a tremendous effort and he hoped it was one the community could be proud of.

"Forty years is a pretty good innings for a club. Everything is going really well and we have about 60 members now," Noel said.

"We hold monthly meetings with morning tea and a guest speaker and we also visit other member's gardens as well.

"I'm sure there is a lot of people out there who might like to join but just weren't sure about who we are and what we do, so we welcome everyone to come along and find out more."

The club will hold a celebration, with guest speaker, well-known and respected television garden commentator Jerry Coleby-Williams, on February 13 at the Gamgee Building at the Caboolture Showground.

Monthly meetings are held every second Wednesday in the same location. For more information, phone Mr Milliner on 5497 5430 or 0429 004 439.

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