National honour for ‘garden guru’

Betty Bradney at the Narrandera Wetlands.

Narrandera gardening and environmental icon Betty Bradney has won the Garden Clubs Of Australia 2018 Gwendy Hansford Award for outstanding service by an individual to the environment.

Mrs Bradney has had a lifelong interest in gardening and commitment to fostering care of the environment. At 92 years she continues to be a very valuable member of the Narrandera District Garden Club.

Having farmed and taught school at neighbouring Coleambally for a number of years Mrs Bradney also maintains strong ties with that The 2019 John O’Brien Festival will be on again in Narrandera next year after a major committee reshuffle.

Narrandera’s beloved bush festival is in honour of early Narrandera icon John O’Brien (Father Hartigan).

“Claim the date now and let your friends and family know the month to come and visit is March 2019 and the dates are the 15th to the 17th!,” said a committee spokesperson.

Earlier in 2018 the Festival Committee broke away from the Narrandera Shire Council Section 355 committee structure and established as an incorporated association to continue this iconic local event.

The committee has some new members who have extensive regional event experience in marketing and promotions, set up and programming.

Chairperson Joan Graham said the 2019 event was shaping up to bring more excitement and innovation to the event and the town, and plans were afoot to continue with this format to grow the event.

“We want people to come to Narrandera and enjoy this town over the festival weekend,” she said. Performer applications have been received and the draft program is coming together.

The committee would love more volunteers to help out with things like organising elements of the program, kids areas, school choir competitions, art competitions, writing competitions, gates and ticketing.

All interested people should contact the committee chair Joan Graham on 0427 594 187 – any amount of time that they can donate will go a long way to supporting this festival. town’s garden club.

She travels to meetings and writes a monthly newsletter for the Coleambally Garden Club which she adapts for the Narrandera Club and for her column ‘The Happy Gardener’ in the Narrandera Argus newspaper.

A true plantswoman with a particular interest in our native flora and fauna, she always has something of interest in her mainly native garden (blooms, succulents, foliage, grasses) which she brings to club meetings (both Narrandera and Coleambally) for ‘Show n’ Tell’.

She is a great propagator and brings plants, once again mainly native species (named, uses, care info), for the trading table for which she is responsible.

Mrs Bradney is an active member of Narrandera Land Care, Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists and the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Group (she takes part in the annual koala count along the Murrumbidgee River).

She was closely involved with the setting up of the Narrandera Wetlands project in a disused gravel quarry on the edge of town near the Murrumbidgee River and continues with the ongoing work.

She helps with tree planting and watering along town access roads, revegetation of problem public areas and regularly takes part in the local Clean Up Australia Day.

Mrs Bradney is currently on the Narrandera District Garden Club Committee and has taken her turn at holding office.

Recently she was delighted to receive an Ann Williams Clark Award for her long and valuable service to the Narrandera Club.

Her depth of gardening knowledge and experience which she is committed to sharing, plus her service to the well being of the environment, means she is very much Narrandera’s Garden Guru.

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