Festival of Flowers to make a return
Matamata, prepare senses blasted.
The date has been set for next year’s Matamata Festival of Flowers.
The popular community event, which has been running for around 40 years, is scheduled to take place at the Matamata Memorial Centre from April 20-23.
Festival of Flowers president Gaylene Lee said although the event is held every three years and is a big undertaking, everything was coming together well.
The festival’s theme will be Nature to Art. Gaylene said the festival and the creations on display are all about telling a story. ‘‘It’s not a dahlia in a jam jar, it’s craft. It’s so important that it’s seen as that,’’ she said.
Those involved will be putting together courts based around the theme for the main hall. There will then be a walk through the symposium in the foyer. The Tainui Room will also be a feast for the eyes and nose. ‘‘It’s up to the individual. Everyone thinks differently. I think that is the beauty of the festival because you get a wide range of
to have your ideas,’’ Gaylene said.
Gaylene said they have already received great support from the community and the town’s businesses. Floral art groups from around the Thames Valley area will also be involved, including Putaruru, Katikati, Thames, Waihi, Morrinsville and Matamata.
The committee do need help with a couple of things, though.
They would love to hear from anyone who can offer storage to the group after next year’s show. The Memorial Centre basement, which currently holds flooring, stands and court panels, will be unavailable. The storage space would need to be pest free and dry.
They have also misplaced a street banner and two fence banners which are possibly being looked after by a generous member of the public. The fence banners weren’t used at the last show in 2013, so could possibly have been in a shed for five or six years. Gaylene would also love to hear from anyone who would like to create a display as part of next year’s Festival of Flowers.
Can you help with storage or do you know where the fence banners are? Give Gaylene a call on 888 6491.