Flowers bloom for Murwillumbah garden club show
THE region's gardeners are busily choosing their best products to compete at the annual Murwillumbah and District Garden Club flower show on October 1 and 2.
Held at the Jessie McMillan Hall, Wollumbin St, Murwillumbah, 53 sections will be judged, including roses, pansies, hippeastrum, snapdragons, vase arrangements, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Garden club president Wayne Fraser said the club's 40 members would present about 250 entries of flowers currently in bloom.
"The main reason to see this beautiful flower show is because you don't normally get to see such a great array of flowers all in the one spot - it's truly a sight to behold," Mr Fraser said.
Some of the club's members would have laboured over their entries for many years.
"Some of the roses in show may have been in the gardens for a long time, while other bulbs may have been planted in the last eight to 12 weeks," Mr Fraser said.
This year's flower show marks the 40th anniversary of the garden club, so a celebratory afternoon tea will be held at the Jessie McMillan Hall on Saturday, October 17.
Group spokeswoman Mollie Butler said all past and present members were invited.
Mr Fraser said although the gardening club remained steady in its membership, it was seeking new members.
"We have a bit of a problem attracting younger ones," he said.
The garden club meets on the fourth Monday of every month in Murwillumbah.
In preparation for the show, those who wish to enter need to attend the flower enthusiasts' monthly meeting, also at the Jessie McMillan Hall, on September 28.
"It's good for people to de-stress in their gardens," Mr Fraser said.
"Even though it's a bit of hard work, people reap rewards."
Show schedules are available from garden centres or phone 02 6677 9149.