Garden show invites new entrants

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Set for the show .. . Preparing for an annual garden show in Outram next week (from left) Outram Garden Club secretary Lynette Smaill, show convener Daphne Macfarlane and president Raewyn Hodgson. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The show must go on.

The annual Outram Garden Club flower show is on next week.

Show convener Daphne Macfarlane, of Outram, said during a recent 35-day stay in hospital she pondered the future of the annual show, which had been going more than 30 years.

“I was thinking we might have to cancel but then I thought cancel this year, we may never start again’ .. I want it to carry on as long as I can.”

With the help of more than 50 club members, such as secretary Lynette Smaill and president Raewyn Hodgson, the show would continue, she said.

Mrs Macfarlane said a driving force for continuing the show was a promise she made to late club member Mina Reid.

“She begged me, as long as I was around would I keep the Outram Flower Show going .. so every time I think I’ve had enough I can hear Mrs Reid’s voice in my ear saying ‘keep it going Daphne’.”

Club secretary Lynette Smaill, of Outram, said entries were expected from across a broad spectrum of the community, including pupils from Outram School and Outram Playcentre and residents of Mosgiel rest-homes including Taieri Court and Chatsford.

The teacher of the pupils decided what the children would make.

At a show last year, pupils create the likeness of an animal using fruit and vegetables, such as hedgehog made from a potato and toothpicks.

“They are very creative.”

The club gave the winning pupils a certificate and schools $100 “for taking part”.

Each year, the show raised money for a good cause and this year it was the Outram Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The show categories include cut flowers, dahlias, floral art, roses and vegetables.

People could make entries at Outram Church Hall between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday or on the day.

She hoped for some first-timers to enter.

“It’s a battle to get new exhibitors.”

Club president Raewyn Hodgson, of Mosgiel, said the show was important because it kept people in the Taieri community socially connected.

“A lot of that connection gets lost today so it’s good to do our bit.”

The club members meet on the third Thursday night of the month at Outram Community Hall and had guest speakers and suppers and did activities such as day trips.

New members were welcome.

Outram Garden Club flower show, February 14, 2pm-6pm Outram Church Hall, Holyhead St, admission $2, children free. $2 per exhibitor for unlimited entries.