Tra­di­tion con­tin­ues

36 years on and Mia is still part of the show

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50s - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

MIA Forster thought her pot­ted plants wouldn’t be good enough to en­ter the Biggenden Show.

But 36 years later the Did­cot gar­dener, with her box of prize win­ning cards, knows dif­fer­ently.

Mrs Forster said it was her friend­ship with the McKen­zie fam­ily, great sup­port­ers of the show, who en­cour­aged her to get in­volved with the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tion.

❝ Mia Forster They are a bit touchy so I don’t molly cod­dle them.

“In those days I had the school bus run and I felt very em­bar­rassed when the McKen­zies phoned me af­ter the judg­ing to tell me I had won some prizes,” she said.

Since that 1977 show, Mrs Forster has never missed a year and has col­lected many cham­pion rib­bons along the way.

Ex­hibit­ing led to be­com­ing a stew­ard un­der the guid­ance of Esme Gram­bower.

While she is now re­tired, Mrs Forster has car­ried on the task each show.

“I will en­joy do­ing it as long as I can,” she said.

Ferns take pride of place in her heart but, af­ter speak­ing with her, all plants have found a place in her gar­den.

Mrs Forster has lived in the area for 46 years with gra­zier hus­band, Gra­ham.

“When I came here there were two big houses on the prop­erty along with two fig trees and a frangi­pani,” she said.

“I started up the back of the house and, over the years, kept ex­tend­ing, in­cluded a cou­ple of bush houses and to­day it’s huge.”

And it is not in the bush houses where she keeps her cham­pion maid­en­hair ferns.

They have pride of place un­der the tank stand.

“I don’t do any­thing with them but they do need plenty of wa­ter,” she said.

“They are a bit touchy so I don’t molly cod­dle them.”

Mrs Forster would like to see more ex­hibitors en­ter the show.

“One or two ex­tra in a class makes all the dif­fer­ence for a won­der­ful dis­play,” she said.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

GREEN THUMB: Mia Forster of Did­cot has been ex­hibit­ing plants at the Biggenden Show for 36 years.

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