Strathalbyn Garden Club

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Spirit of Strathalbyn Rose



During 2009, South Australian rose breeder & Strathalbyn Garden Club member George T
homson, was invited to speak to a meeting of the Friends of the Strathalbyn and District Health Complex.

When the Friends asked if it was possible for Strathalbyn to have its own special rose,George immediately offered this beautiful specimen.

At Strathalbyn's 24th annual Strath Craft Fair (30th April 2011) in support of the Reg Sissons Memorial Day Care Centre, Gardening Australia's Sophie Thomson very kindly launched the rose and named it Spirit of Strathalbyn. Its sale supports the Friends of the Strathalbyn and District Healt Complex.

While talking to George about the price for Spirit of Strathalbyn plants (at this stage the Friends were beginning to take orders) George asked "You ladies raise money for your hospital don't you?" The reply was "Yes", whereupon George said "I'll give you this rose." This of course meant that the Frie
nds were to receive royalties - an enormous display of generosity on George's part!

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