'Friendship through gardens' is alive and well and never more apparent or appreciated than following the recent devastating fires.
Killabakh, like so many of our small regional communities, has been ravaged by fire over the past month, with not only many homes lost but some beautiful gardens.
Within days of the fire emergency and the full impact being broadcast across the nation by major news networks and social media, a number of garden clubs and individuals contacted Killabakh resident George Hoad, president of The Garden Clubs of Australia.
George's Killabakh house and garden had been under threat but luckily escaped unharmed, whereas several neighbours were not so lucky.
Words of support were offered and very much appreciated, as were offers of a more practical nature.
One of the first to contact George was president of Tamworth Cottage Gardeners, Sandra Holmes who generously offered plants to restock the affected gardens, once the clean-up was complete.
Members of the Tamworth Cottage Gardeners had visited and enjoyed the regions gardens in May of this year and had built a special connection with local club members.
George attended Tamworth Cottage Gardeners Christmas Party in early December and was presented with six boxes of plants, struck from cuttings taken from members' gardens, primarily from Sandra's and Evelyn Looseby.
"This amazing gesture exemplifies the friendship we gardeners feel for one another and goes a long way toward the healing process following this unprecedented fire event", George said.
George will offer the plants to affected gardeners in the area.