SOUTH Gippsland is blessed with a number of clever Dahlia growers who seem to be able to produce the most astonishingly perfect blooms for the Autumn Flower Show in Welshpool. In fact Welshpool has become one of the best Dahlia shows in the State. This year should be no different. Expect to see the dinner plate decorative Dahlias through to the cute pompon balls.
Exhibitors will vie for the coveted Bronze Medallion from the Dahlia Society of Victoria for the Best Dahlia Exhibit in the Show, as well as the Gladys Johns Championship for multiple blooms. The late Gladys was a famous Welshpool resident who grew the very best dahlias, and was highly respected in Dahlia circles.
Gardeners who have prospective entries, please don’t be put off by all the expertise – there are classes for those less experienced. See the schedule.
Of course there are dozens of opportunities for exhibitors to enter in other Sections – cut flowers, floral art, vegies and fruit, pot plants and hanging baskets, home produce and photos. The schedule explains all. The recent rains have really helped to give the plants a boost – there should be plenty of blooms to choose from.
The theme this year is the UN Year of Pulses – and the Chinese Year of the Monkey is recognised too, with the colour Yellow dominating.
You may like to try your hand at creating a monkey themed exhibit (no more than 90cm x 50c) using any materials, with the theme of Monkey Business. This will be judged by public choice (gold coin donation), with money raised going to the Welshpool Primary School.
The Flower Show will be held on Friday March 11th and Saturday March 12th. Schedules are available from Foster Newsagency or by phoning Show Secretary Fran Grylls on 5186 1376.