Flower power stuns again

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

Sun­shine, clear days and no hail is what you need for the per­fect flower dis­plays, say or­gan­is­ers of this year’s shows.

Two ma­jor flower shows were held at the week­end, with one in In­ver­cargill and the other in Win­ton.

At the Win­ton Me­mo­rial Hall daf­fodils, tulips, veg­eta­bles and art­works lined the room.

Co-con­vener Daphne Batt said there were about 1100 en­tries in 300 sec­tions, 25 of which were for chil­dren.

‘‘We were thrilled with the chil­dren’s en­tries.’’

For the first time a new sec­tion called Hob­bit Hole was wel­comed, with chil­dren fol­low­ing a brief to make minia­ture Hob­bit houses, Batt said.

‘‘It was a nice at­trac­tion.

‘‘It’s about get­ting them to take an in­ter­est in gar­den­ing and flow­ers.’’

It was the 34th year of the show, with great at­ten­dance.

The sea­son al­ways played a part in what flow­ers were more prom­i­nent in the show year on year.

‘‘It’s a bit of a gam­ble to what you’ll get.

‘‘Our sea­son this year has been bet­ter than any­where else in the coun­try.’’

This year wel­comed some new com­peti­tors as well as some re­turn­ing who were aged over 80.

‘‘The young ones learn, but it’s a show­ing thing. It’s lovely to be able to show off your work.

‘‘It’s a friendly so­cial event for our club [the Win­ton Gar­den Club].

‘‘We work to­gether as a team and en­joy it as a club.’’

About 200 peo­ple passed through on Fri­day and Satur­day.

South Alive Flower Show co or­gan­iser Mar­garet Cook said it was the sec­ond year the In­ver­cargill-based show had run.

Dif­fer­ent weather pat­terns com­pared to last year were also re­flected in the flow­ers on show in In­ver­cargill, she said.

‘‘The strug­gle was the daf­fodils came on ear­lier.’’ Grow­ers had to get their tim­ing just right, she said.

But re­gard­less, there were about 200 en­tries this year, up from about 140 last year.

This year school chil­dren from lo­cal schools took part for the first time, Cook said.

‘‘South Alive are all about the com­mu­nity and want the com­mu­nity to be in­volved.’’

There were in­ten­tions for the show to carry on in fu­ture years.

ROBYN EDIE/STUFF

New River Pri­mary School pupils who all en­tered the Po­etry Fes­ti­val, ad­mir­ing the flow­ers, from left, Holly Bower, 11, her sis­ter Anya-May Bower, 9, and their niece Tui Bower, 7.

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