Flowers, community on show

Stanley. Highfield Historic Site was adorned by a vibrance of colour at the Garden Spectacular on Saturday.

Floral arrangements filled every crevice and decorated every corner of the historic home as visitors from across the state filed in for the event throughout the day.

Last held in 2014, the event was years in the planning before falling into place in the final few days.

The committee is ecstatic with the success of the day,” says Lynne Bramich, Garden Spectacular committee member.

“The support from the community was absolutely first class. Over 80 volunteers from the community were rostered on to man gates, control parking and ensure safety on the road.

“They supported the 30 members of the Garden Club who, along with their uncomplaining partners, have been working tirelessly for 18 months to stage this unique event.”

Warmly welcoming more than 2500 people to the event, the committee was delighted by the positive response from both locals and visitors, says Lynne.

The event attracted an array of florists and gardening enthusiasts to its competitions.

Judged by Gregory Milner, director of the Marjorie Milner College in Victoria, the Open Floral Art Competition and grand prize of $1000 was awarded to Gaye Ellis of Scamander.

In the Battle of the Garden Clubs, clubs from across the state took the opportunity to spruce up a garden staple following the theme ‘Spring at the Garden Gate’. Judged by Mr Milner and Tino Carnevale of Gardening Australia, the winning floral design was presented to North West Lilium Society.

Youngsters enjoyed the spectacular fun of dressing up to the theme of bees. 

Pippa McIntyre and Zarna Ollington were awarded first prize in the Under Seven and Under 10 categories respectively while Clancy Payne and Ava McIntyre placed second.

Judith Edwards was named Most Successful Exhibitor and Cut Flowers Champion while Joanne Marthick and Margaret Smith were named runners up.

Lynne Bramich and Lisa Bramich were awarded Floral Art Champion while Jenny Newman was named Most Successful Exhibitor and Suzanne Hardy runner up.

Stall holders dotted the historic site featuring exquisite food and wine, along with a wondrous variety of gardening products and flora.

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