Flower show’s tra­di­tions car­ried on

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

The Kaiko¯ura Gar­den Club’s an­nual rose show is back on this month and ex­pected to fill the Me­mo­rial Hall with colour and aroma.

The show will be held a week later this year on Satur­day Novem­ber 25.

Life mem­ber Terri Pope said the show, which gets a re­ally good re­sponse, has been go­ing for 63 years. The com­mu­nity event was started by Catholic priest Fa­ther Walsh in 1954 af­ter things set­tled down af­ter the war years, she said.

In a nod to its 1950s ori­gins the show tra­di­tion­ally fea­tures af­ter­noon tea served on ging­ham­check­ered clothed ta­bles in a type of Devon­shire tea Kaiko¯ura-style. For a nom­i­nal amount cus­tomers get tea or cof­fee which comes with a home-baked se­lec­tion of sand­wiches, scones, muffins or cake. There will also be plants, jams and bak­ing for sale.

‘‘There are a lot of new mem­bers in the gar­den club at the mo­ment who turn up to our monthly meet­ings and it will be the first rose show for a lot of them,’’ she said.

Pro­ceeds from the show will go to St John to help to­ward the club’s new build­ing.

Pope said all of a sud­den in the past few weeks, even though it has been wet, ev­ery­thing has started to come away in the gar­den. ‘‘The camel­lias and aza­leas are do­ing well and the rhodo­den­drons are re­ally thriv­ing.’’

Or­gan­iser Rita Calvert said hun­dreds of flow­ers are en­tered every year in a ‘‘very im­pres­sive dis­play of flow­ers that fills the hall with a beau­ti­ful per­fume’’.

There’s a $2 en­try fee to the hall, but no charge for flow­ers to be en­tered in the show. As well as cups and rib­bons for winners first prize winners from each class go to­ward an over­all win­ner premier bloom.

A raf­fle will be run a few days be­fore the show at New World su­per­mar­ket, and the win­ner will be drawn at the end of the prize­giv­ing, which starts at 3pm.

This year the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s sand saucer has changed to three dif­fer­ent classes, A Day at the Beach dis­play on a tray, ar­range­ment in a cup or mug, and an ar­range­ment in a boot.

As well as roses, other sec­tions in­clude cut flow­ers, flo­ral art, fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Calvert said the veg­etable sec­tion is pop­u­lar amongst the men.

‘‘They get quite com­pet­i­tive about who grows the best veg­eta­bles.

‘‘It does en­gen­der a bit of gar­den com­pe­ti­tion amongst them and we do get a lot of en­tries from them.’’


Or­gan­is­ers of Kaiko¯ura Gar­den Club’s an­nual rose show Rita Calvert and Terri Pope.

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