Geranium is a pretty farming town named after the wild geraniums that grow in abundance there.
The town has a hall, two churches, store, garage, extensive sporting facilities and the only bowling green in the area, making it an important local centre and an attractive township for retiring farmers. In an era of centralisation to big towns, Geranium’s future as a small centre seems assured.
In 1999 the Geranium was named South Australia’s Tidiest Town. The town still consistently features among the top achievers in these annual awards.
Geranium went on to compete in the National Finals of Australia’s Tidiest Town and won an Award of Excellence for Environmental Action and Education. Geranium lies on the far western border of the Southern Mallee. The Geranium residents put in many hours to achieve this award, indicative of the communal spirit of South Australians, who have the highest participation in the tidy town judging of any state in the nation. Geranium won the competition from a huge field of 316 separate communities and 220 schools, competing with many towns far greater in size and population.