Abloom­ing mar­vel­lous flower show

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

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.

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