Show a must for ev­er­green gar­dener

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 2018 BRUNSWICK SHOW -

Aus­tralind res­i­dent Maidee Smith has at­tended ev­ery Brunswick Show since 1954 and has no in­ten­tion of miss­ing one any time soon.

The keen gar­dener and former Shire of Har­vey pres­i­dent spe­cialises in gera­ni­ums, pelargo­ni­ums and sweet peas but used to ex­hibit all sorts of pot plants and cook­ing, but over time the pots be­came too heavy with­out the help of her late hus­band.

“I come back ev­ery year be­cause I’m a gar­dener, and gar­den­ers like to show off what they have grown,” she said.

“I like to sup­port the com­mu­nity and the show is a com­mu­nity event.”

Whether she has any ex­hi­bi­tion­wor­thy cut­tings or not, Mrs Smith al­ways en­sures she makes it to the show to walk around and visit all the stalls she can and in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly those she does not see of­ten.

“My hus­band’s mother and father were Har­vey lo­cals and at­tended the Har­vey show long be­fore I came onto the scene and if you went to the Har­vey Show, then you’d go to the Brunswick Show, ev­ery­body knew each other,” she said.

“I was a late­comer and mar­ried into it all.

“My mother-in-law was ex­hibit­ing in the Har­vey Show since the 1920s so it be­came a fam­ily thing.”

Mrs Smith was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion by Brunswick Show or­gan­is­ers sev­eral years ago ac­knowl­edg­ing her in­cred­i­ble feat of ex­hibit­ing for more than half a cen­tury.

On show day Mrs Smith can be found in the Pear­son Pav­il­ion ex­hibit­ing her flow­ers be­fore she sets about some show-go­ing of her own.

I like to sup­port the com­mu­nity and the show is a com­mu­nity event. Maidee Smith

Pic­ture: Cal­lum Hunter

Maidee Smith plans on re­turn­ing to the Brunswick Show for many years to come.

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