Flower power stuns again
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.
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.