A blooming great show

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Avid gardener Tamaku Whaitiri, of Bluff went home a winner from the Bluff Garden Show on Sunday after getting second place for her indoor container plant. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER

AFTER an overwhelmingly successful turnout, the first Bluff Garden show proved there is plenty to grow at the bottom of the country.

From flowers to vegetables, handcrafts, baking and children’s colouring-in, nearly 400 entries were part of the competition at the Bluff Senior Citizens Room on Sunday.

Garden show helper Barbara Metzger said the purpose of the event was to encourage community, participation and laughter.

“It’s been a very successful first year and it’s just been lovely to have the community support and involvement. We hope everyone enjoyed it.”

For just $10, attendees and competitors were given an all-access pass which included a map-led tour of 10 gardens, morning or afternoon tea, and a chance to view all the exhibits.

Mrs Metzger said people who came to the show were surprised at how many different things could be grown considering the climate of the small Southland town.

“There were also a lot of people who thought they would not be good enough to enter but then realised I could grow that in my garden’.”

Prizes were donated by Bluff businesses and awarded for a range of categories.

The overall winner of the show for Best Bloom went to Lesley Wairau, while the People’s Choice Award went to Joy Woods and the Committee Choice went to Tina O’Conner.

Helper Diane Young said the event would have not been made possible without all the hard work of “powerhouse” Barbara Metzger, as well as all the other volunteers and contributors.

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