At the Williamstown Garden Club April meeting members had the pleasure of listening to club secretary Peter Griffiths talk about his life journey with cacti.
His interest started when he was age five and living in England where the climate made it difficult to grow cacti and also how he learnt to grow them from seeds.
Mr Griffiths pointed out that cacti are a member of the succulent family, their difference being that they must have small, round, cushion-like mounds of flesh (areoles) where spines etc. grow from the cactus.
Cacti and all other varieties of the succulent family are fleshy plants that store water. There are many different varieties and they can have quite beautiful flowers.
His passion for cacti has not lessened over the years and even though he has now downsized his property, he still maintains a cacti garden.
Member were also introduced to Natalie Allen from KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful) who visited to talk to about what goes in the three kerbside bins provided by The Barossa Council for rubbish, recycling and organics.
Members took part in a group activity to test their knowledge of rubbish disposal and heard about initiatives underway by the Council to reduce landfill.
Ms Allen judged our competition (handy recycling hints) and was impressed by the entries.
The winner was Felicity Georgiou who had made different sized bags out of old sheer curtains to use when shopping for fruit and vegetables instead of using plastic bags.
Birthdays celebrated this month were Dianne Gilson, Pat Bond, Des Potter and John Cooke.
The next meeting will be held on May 6 with Jim Pyl (apiarist) giving a talk on beekeeping.
The competition will be vegetables.
For more details, phone Pat 0421 348 148.