The Steinbach and Area Garden Club is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, and one of the members, Anne Peters, is especially excited about the special events. 

Peters became a member shortly after the club began. 

“What’s so nice is meeting people from other areas of southeastern Manitoba, because we're Steinbach and Area Garden Club,” she says. “One year, we had 13 outside communities involved in our club, what is super! I think our highest enrollment was when we were up to 150 members one year, very vibrant.”

Anne Peters standing in front of flowering vines.Anne Peters has added colour to her yard and home with a variety of perennials and some hanging baskets.

Peters was one of the gardeners who helped plant 741 perennials in the Dirk Willems Peace Garden at the Mennonite Heritage Village. 

She enjoyed working with some students, teaching them about the joys of gardening. 

“They were so enthusiastic,” Peters says. “And we were hoping they'd go away from here with an experience that would stay with them, and they would become our future gardeners.” 

Peters says retirement offered the time to dive deeper into gardening and growing a variety of plants in her own yard, which is now filled with beautiful arrangements of perennials. 

Hydrangeas are one of her favourite plants because of their beauty. 

“You can plant so many varieties of them,” she says. “And they're coming out with new varieties every year and you just want to try them all.” 

Peters also appreciates the rose bushes growing in her yard.

Rose bush.A rose bush thriving in the yard of Anne Peters of Steinbach.

Peters says the Steinbach and Area Garden Club is a fun group and new members are always welcome. 

She also says you do not need to be an experienced gardener to join, you only need to have an interest in plants