Bloomin’ big event

Growers’ galore: Vaughan Kemsley with the Glen Shiel chrysanthemums, Jeremy Robertson with the alstroemerias and Chris Kottara loading Clayton Rivulet stocks and gerberas ahead of this weekend’s Garden Spectacular.

Community. The Garden Spectacular committee, a bunch of busy bees, is shining the light on the state’s flower growers ahead of this weekend’s big event.

The event, which last drew a crowd of 5000 or so in 2014, is on again this Saturday and will feature a splendid showcase of floral arrangements and plenty of entertainment, food stalls and fun to engage all ages.

It is noteworthy that the event is organised and run entirely by local volunteers motivated by their passion for gardening and community.

Profits raised from the event go back into the community. In the past recipients have included the local SES which received $5000 towards its new rescue truck, Highfield House, Circular Head Agricultural Society and Rotary and Lions groups. This year, the new swimming pool will benefit, as will other projects.

“These wonderful flower growers are supplying the most amazing blooms to grace the historic site at Highfield for our event this Saturday,” says Circular Head Garden Club secretary Christine Medwin.

“The flower growers of our state are not readily known to the general public, but they are hard working and dedicated, producing the best blooms that are sent all over Australia.”

Christine says the committee is proud to support as many Tasmanian growers as it can and for that has been rewarded with generous discounts enabling the committee to showcase the best of the best for the day’s displays.

“There have been many numerous acts of kindness, generosity and volunteering to enable the club to stage Garden Spectacular and the committee are very grateful and wish to thank everyone involved.”

Christine extended a warm welcome to all to come and enjoy an affordable family day out, from 9am to 5pm this Saturday (October 21) at Highfield Historic Site, Stanley. Tickets are $10 per adult or $6 for children aged from six to 18, available at the gates.

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