Penny Hegarty Horticulturalist and President of NCG

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-10-2013

Penny Hegarty’s dream of a community garden in Nambour eventually came to fruition on Wednesday 8th August 2012, which for Penny was a very significant `Day in her Life’.

Penny spent her working life and much of her spare time tending plants, designing gardens and doing almost anything else you could remotely associate with Gardening.

She is a noted local Horticulturalist, is the current President of the Sunshine Coast Garden Club and organizes garden appreciation tours all over the world, but for the past five years, she’s had an extra thing on her mind, her long-standing plan for a Community Garden in Nambour.

On Wednesday 8th August, Penny having negotiated the use of a suitable plot of land at the Nambour Showgrounds, and organised a myriad of other essential items, the diggers finally rolled in.

It was absolutely great to be able to do this story on the birth of Nambour Community Gardens for ABC Open.

I was at a public meeting in early 2008 at which Penny described her idea, and what was created on August 8th was the manifestation of Penny’s fourth or fifth attempt to bring it to life, all of which had wide-spread support to start with, but all apart from the last fell over due to one hurdle or another.

Thanks to her persistence and hard work, Penny’s idea finally became reality on August 8th, but the job has really only just begun.

As the Community Garden becomes established, acquires more raised beds and hopefully some more land in due course, further stories will unfold; I hope that future Open projects will be able to accommodate them. Click here to view this amazing video.

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