36 years on and Mia is still part of the show
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.
GREEN THUMB: Mia Forster of Didcot has been exhibiting plants at the Biggenden Show for 36 years.