Gerbera Research Group vice-president previews annual show

Jan Jenner (Mirrabooka). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d492774
Jan Jenner (Mirrabooka). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492774

WITH more than 700 plants at home, Gerbera Research Group vice-president Jan Jenner says she enjoyed growing different coloured flowers.

The 74-year-old Mirrabooka resident has been a member since 2003 and vice-president for four years.

The group will be holding its annual gerbera show and plant sale in Hamersley on May 25.

There will be a gerbera display, floral art, talks, demonstrations, a raffle and light refreshments.

Ms Jenner said the group aimed to promote its work and attract new members at the show.

“You can buy sun-hardened gerbera , which are all grown in our backyard,” she said.

“When I divide my plants from October to December, I put them in the shade for about two weeks just so they don’t get knocked around in the wind and then I let them go in the sun.

“As long as you grow it in a sunny position, fertilise them regularly and water, they will live.”

Jan Jenner. Picture: Martin Kennealey

She said she started growing gerberas when her dad died and found he had gerberas when the family sold the house.

“We dug up some of his gerberas and we put them out in the rose garden and I found I needed more so I bought some from Bunnings and the supermarket and they were dying on me,” she said.

“They (Gerbera Research Group) were doing a display up at a Girrawheen park so I went up there and bought some.
“There was a girl there I used to work with for many years.

“She was the one who talked me into joining the club and I have been there ever since.”

The group meets at the scout hall on Glendale Avenue in Hamersley every Sunday at 2pm.

For information, call Jan on 0411 059 383, email gerberaresearch@gmail.com.

THE ESSENTIALS
WHAT: Gerbera Research Group’s annual show and plant sale
WHERE: Hamersley Community Recreation Centre, Belvedere Road, Hamersley
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, from 10am to 3pm
COST: $3 for adults, free for children

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