Show a must for evergreen gardener
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
Maidee Smith plans on returning to the Brunswick Show for many years to come.