Hamersley: how a promise blossomed into a love for gerberas

Keen gardener and gerbera grower, 92 year old Gerry Gillett of Dianella. Gerry has been a member of the Gerbera Research Group for 33 years and they will hold their annual show in May. Photo: David Baylis
Keen gardener and gerbera grower, 92 year old Gerry Gillett of Dianella. Gerry has been a member of the Gerbera Research Group for 33 years and they will hold their annual show in May. Photo: David Baylis

GROWING gerberas stemmed from a promise Gerry Gillett made when he inherited his uncle’s plants.

The 92-year-old has been part of gerbera growing groups for more than 40 years and was one of the founding members of the Gerbera Research Group when it started three decades ago.

His interest started after his uncle died in the early 1970s and Mr Gillett inherited his plants.

“He was a very keen gerbera grower,” he said.

“His widow made me promise that I would look after gerberas if I took his plants.

“I made a solemn oath that I would be diligent – I’ve been growing them ever since.”

Mr Gillett said he was still exhibiting flowers and hoped to have about 20 blooms on display at the Gerbera Research Group’s annual show in Hamersley on May 5.

“I breed a lot of my own single gerberas,” he said.

“I’ve got something like 100 seedlings on the go and about 60 or so matured ones.

“There’s a lot of work involved but I get through them in about three hours and that’s about the extent that I spend on them (each day).”

At the annual show, the group will sell gerberas in pots for $8 each and have a pot plant stall with a mixture of plants from frangipani to succulents to ferns and geraniums.

There will also be a raffle of gerberas, refreshments available and division demonstrations on the hour from 11am to 2pm.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Gerbera Research Group annual show

When: 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 5

Where: Stirling Leisure Centre, Belvedere, Road Hamersley

Entry: $3

More: www.gerberaresearch.com.au

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