Flower show’s traditions carried on
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.