Creative buzz

The long awaited Garden Spectacular at Highfield Historic Site will be an event for all next weekend. Various creative competitions will be on offer for children to enter including wonderous fairy garden designs. Ruby Lardner, 7, whipped up a delicate design last Thursday at the Smithton LINC holiday program. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Competitions. Kids, put your thinking caps on because it’s time to get creative!

The Circular Head Garden Club is encouraging children of all ages to get in the spirit of the Garden Spectacular set to be held at Highfield Historic Site on Saturday October 21.

Following the theme of ‘What’s the buzz about bees?’ judges will be looking for the best dressed butterfly or bee in ages up to four and between five and 10 years old. The most impressive insect impersonator in both categories will receive a $25 first prize.

For the more creative, several floral art competitions should keep you busy in preparation for the event.

Why not venture into the backyard for some inspiration this weekend to create a fairy garden or raid the fruit bowl to construct a spooky creature made from fruit and veggies.

Children had the opportunity to create delicate miniature gardens at Smithton LINC last Thursday as part of the library’s school holiday program.

A first prize of $15 will be awarded to children entering these competitions in the under seven and under 10 categories as well as the second and third placed creations receiving $10 and $5.

For youth under 16 hollow out your favourite fruit or vegetable to place a floral arrangement within or enter a colourful basket of flowers.

Circular Head Garden Club member Claire Porteus says she hopes the competitions will encourage youngsters to learn about the wonders of gardening while fostering a love for healthy eating.

“It is never too early to start developing a love of nature, in particular gardening and learning about our environment and the food we eat,” she says.

“The Garden Spectacular will have so much to offer to the younger generation.”

Once you’ve entered your creations and while you eagerly await the news of a prize winning entry, wander the gardens of the historic site, taste the treats on offer, sift through various stalls of goodies and marvel at the exotic and unusual plants on display.

All competition entries must be received between 4 and 8pm on Friday October 20 or Saturday October 21 between 7 and 8am.