Flower power show

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

BOB Hunter has travelled the world to look at cac­tuses and it has nearly landed him in trou­ble.

The Cac­tus and Suc­cu­lent So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent and WA Hor­ticul-tu­ral Coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent re­called a trip to Mex­ico to look at cac­tuses.

“You need to know what you are do­ing in Mex­ico be­cause it can be pretty law­less; there was one time when we walked into a town with a Texas park ranger and when we were at the bar, they were talk­ing Span­ish,” he said.

“The ranger told us to put down our drinks and leave. He later told us that they were plot­ting to kill us and I just thought it was lucky they didn’t know he was flu­ent in Span­ish.

“There was an­other time when we were in a gully and a group of Span­ish guys called out to us. Ac­cord­ing to the guide they were ask­ing if he had a gun to kill a javelina, which is a sort of a pig.

“Our guide later told us that there was no pig, they just wanted to see if we were armed and were plan­ning on shoot­ing us.”

Mr Hunter will be among the rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Plant Fair, which will be held at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall on Fe­bru­ary 25 and 26.

The fair gives var­i­ous gar­den clubs and so­ci­eties a chance to sell plants.

“It’s a chance for the groups to show­case them­selves, get more mem­bers and sell plants,” Mr Hunter said.

“We usu­ally get around 2000 to 3000 peo­ple; it usu­ally peaks on Satur­day.

“There used to be mainly older peo­ple but now younger peo­ple and kids come along.

“It can be spec­tac­u­lar and colour­ful. We al­ways try to put on a show.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465405

Bob Hunter in the gar­dens at South Perth Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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