Dawn Gilliam enjoys the sweet smell of success after being awarded Champion Individual Rose at the Warwick Flower Show yesterday.
Dawn Gilliam enjoys the sweet smell of success after being awarded Champion Individual Rose at the Warwick Flower Show yesterday. Linden Morris

Blooming big turnout

AFTER 104 years the Warwick Horticultural Society is still going and this year's Autumn Flower Show is bigger and better than before.

Society president for the last seven years Graham Gillam said he was pleased with how yesterday went.

"This year the show is bigger than I thought it would be and has turned out even better as well," Mr Gillam said.

"I don't know exact entry numbers yet but we are expecting around 350 people over the two days."

Categories for the Autumn Flower Show were floral art including table art and sculptures, roses, cut flowers including Australian natives, dahlias, pot plants, and vegetables.

Mr Gillam said all sections have been judged and the presentation of trophies will be today at 4pm.

"They were judged on their type and then their own distinct qualities," Mr Gillam said.

Recipient of Champion Individual Rose Dawn Gillam said she was surprised by her win.

"I didn't expect it at all. I just picked some roses last night and hoped for the best," Mrs Gillam said.

Visitor to the show Michael Morton said for him it is just about enjoying the show.

"Everything is just so lovely," Mr Morton said.

Mr Gillam said the society holds several events during the year.

"We also have the Gardening Extravaganza in June, with the idea being to get ready for the Garden Competition, the Spring Flower Show and the Floral Window Display Competition in October," he said.

"That fortnight there is no rest for the wicked."

Admission to the Autumn Flower Show is $3.


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