2015 Annual Club Plant and Flower Show

IMG_6780-002November’s meeting was focussed on our second annual plant and flower show. Twelve club members entered the show with a total of 22 entries across the 3 classes:

Class 1: One cut flower/flowers
Class 2: Floral arrangement
Class 3: Plant/plants in container

We’ve had days of rain and everyone complained about their incredible flower that had been battered by the bad weather so had to be left at home.  Since I was one of those complaining, I can confirm that the number of entries would have been greater if the weather had been a bit kinder. Those complaints may have been widespread but they didn’t drown out the sighs of relief we all shared – we’ve needed that rain! We gardeners are hard to please 🙂

Congratulations to the following winners:


Class 1. First place, Bruce Skeen with cut of Deutzia (double white), Second Place, Susan Fennelly with a stem of Gerbera, Third Place, Elizabeth Teo with single Rose bloom.

IMG_6782-001Class 2. First Place, Bruce Skeen with flowering Hydrangea, Second Place Bruce Skeen with multi coloured Coleus, Third Place Louise Johnson with ground cover fern.

IMG_6778-002Class 3. First Place Irene Smith with an arrangement mainly in deep pink, Second Place Bruce Skeen with an informal arrangement of White Nicotiana (Ornamental Tobacco), ‘Winston Churchill’ Fuschia and a bit of variegated trailing plant, Third Place Laura Rittenhouse with a tall arrangement of deep purple including lavender, salvia, chive, echium plantagineum (Paterson’s curse) and thistle.

Bruce Skeen’s Potted Hydrangea won the top award for Best Exhibit of Show.

A special thanks to Brian for judging the competition. It’s great to have someone with his background lend his time and advice to those of us with zero background in flower shows.

After the competition, we all took part in a trivia quiz.

In December we have our Christmas lunch and then take a summer break until our next meeting on 4 February 2016. Watch this blog for updates on next year’s meetings.

Don’t forget to check out the gardening column in the Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine. It appears in every issue and features information about the goings on in this club. The magazine won’t be taking a summer break so you can keep up your gardening fix by reading the articles.



About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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