Warwick gardener Vivian Bond took home first place at this year’s Autumn Flower Show.
Warwick gardener Vivian Bond took home first place at this year’s Autumn Flower Show.

Floral fanfare celebrates season

ANYONE who thought judging Warwick’s Annual Autumn Flower Show was a simple case of sniffing the roses and sifting out heat-stressed dahlias should head down to St Mary’s Hall today.

Picking out the best and brightest is a complex process and this year’s highly accredited, nationally recognised judges arrived yesterday carrying a 17-chapter instruction manual.

Not that Vin and Julie Charlton needed to refer to it often.

The couple from Caboolture are veteran judges with close to 30 years of flower shows to their credit.

Yesterday they applauded the efforts of Southern Downs gardeners, who had battled the elements to produce hundreds of entries in the 103rd Annual Autumn Flower Show.

“Considering your gardeners have had floods, rains and now heat and storms to contend with the entries were excellent,” Mr Charlton said.

They singled out the floral art and rose sections as standout sections in this year’s schedule.

Show organiser and Warwick Horticultural Society president Graham Gillam admitted he was relieved and pleased with the number of entries as well as the overall results.

“The weather has worked against us a little this year, but that is gardening,” Mr Gillam said.

“Our pot plant entries were up.

“Dahlias were down due to heat and storms.

“Roses were very good and holding their own considering the weather.

“And our floral art entries were up so, all in all, pretty good.”

Yet one of the highlights for Mr Gillam wasn’t so much the number of entries, but the entrants themselves.

“We had a young bloke of 21 or 22 enter, along with his sisters who, I think, are still at school,” he said.

“Personally that was really encouraging for me.

“Most of us in the Warwick Horticultural Society are 65-plus. Young people make you feel better about the future of flower shows like ours.”

Floral fanfare

Warwick Horticultural Society’s 103rd Annual Autumn Flower Show is on today

The show featuring dahlias, roses, floral art and pot plants is on display at St Mary’s Hall

Doors open at 9am and close at 4pm

Admission is $3 per person with primary school children free

For more information contact 4661 1414


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