More than a flower show

Winton and District Horticultural Society (from left) promotions officer Rowena Mackintosh, committee members Heather Burgess and Helen Halford, and secretary Val Grant with some examples of craft items, a cushion and pin cushion, which can be entered into this year's annual Autumn Flower Show's Industrial Section.

AUTUMN will be celebrated in Winton on February 27 and 28.

More than a garden show, the Winton and District Horticultural Society’s Autumn Flower Show was a way of not only celebrating some of the region’s best blooms, but also its vegetables, floral art, preserves, baking, crafts and arts.

Show promotions officer Rowena Mackintosh said as well as being a traditional event for Winton, the 11 various sections gave growers and crafters a chance to earn “bragging rights”.

The public also had the opportunity to visit the show and enjoy the exhibits, as well as giving members the chance to compete against each other, she said.

This year’s show would be even more special, show organisers said, with the inclusion of blooms from the Southland Dahlia Circle’s Main Trophy Show.

The Dahlia Circle would be hosting the South Island Nationals in Invercargill this weekend, before showing its provincial event at the Winton show.

With something for the whole family, from children to grandparents, there would also be a children’s section for those who entered a miniature garden or farm scene, sand saucer, models made from a vegetable and/or fruit, cacti or succulent plants and decorated hard-boiled egg, various flower and vegetable entrants, art and baking sections, as well as a group display section for children of any age, such as playgroups or scouts and guides, with a choice of their own theme.

“We are trying to encourage the younger generation to get involved,” Mrs Mackintosh said.

The organisers said they were expecting about 50 entrants, with at least 1000 entries to be displayed, including some autumn favourites such as a good display of gladioli, dahlias and roses in particular.

As an added bonus, there would also be displays of floral art, photographs and art.

“Some people fill every class in each section.”

Special Prize Competition
Well into its fourth decade, each year there was a Special Prize Competition, with this year’s to create a Novelty Pincushion in the Industrial Section.

“As long as the pin cushion had been made from a fabric, it would be accepted,” Mrs Mackintosh said.

“And any type of embellishment,” committee member Heather Burgess added.

As was traditional, morning and afternoon teas would be available, as well as raffles.

Mrs Mackintosh said members of the general public, and a lot of rest-home residents took the opportunity to visit the show each year, and enjoy cups of tea.

  • Autumn Flower Show, hosted by The Winton and District Horticultural Society. Winton Memorial Hall, Meldrum St, Winton. Entries stage and accepted, Thursday, February 25, 6pm-8pm, and Friday, February 26, 10am-2pm. Public show days, Saturday, February 27, 9am-6pm, and Sunday, February 28, 9am-4pm. Admission, adults $5, children and secondary pupils free.