Ablooming marvellous flower show
Sometimes knowing the height of a judge can make all the difference.
Titahi Bay Horticultural Society holds its annual spring flower show this weekend, the 51st time in the 58-year-old club’s history.
The members have the event, to be held at Paremata School, down to a fine art, but that’s not to say the excitement and buzz isn’t there, club president Gill Palmer said.
‘‘There’s always something new and it’s fantastic to see the hard work of the members on show,’’ she said.
Convenor Martin McKendrick, an old hand at organising the show, said a recent club night hosted by Peter Tijsen, recently retired after years at Wellington Botanic Garden, was insightful.
‘‘He gave great tips about how to prepare your arrangement - even down to how high it should be so the judges are not leaning in or down. It was fascinating.’’
There’s plenty to see at the show, which is the first of the season in the lower North Island. The daffodil competition is always a drawcard and exhibits of camelias, floral art, cut flowers and others will give the school hall a colourful feel.
Jams, jellies, preserves and a children’s section will also see prizes awarded.
Palmer said a cafe, a number of sales tables - with locally sourced plants and flowers - raffles and a special floral art demonstration at 2pm on Saturday will add to the occasion.
‘‘There’s a lot to do for the kids, so they won’t be bored.’’
Titahi Bay Horticultural Society draws its members from across the Porirua basin and as far afield as Levin and Miramar.
Palmer said the membership had tripled in the last few years, with open nights attracting good numbers and younger people joining for the social aspect and to learn how to cultivate plants.
Working with school groups and other sections of the community - such as coming to the aid of an arthritis sufferer to prune her garden - strengthened what they were about, Palmer said.
On Saturday the show runs from 1pm till 5pm and on Sunday from 10am till 3.30pm. It costs adults $2 to enter and children are free.
Palmer said support from Leacroft Nurseries, Palmers Garden Centre, Twigland Gardeners World and Harcourts were essential to the success of the show.
Titahi Bay Horticultural Society is holding its 51st annual spring flower show.