Fancy floral art makes a major fashion statement
MARGARET Armstrong's prize winning pill box hat and purse creation looked like they would have been more at home on the shelf of a clothing store than the spring flower competition.
Using agapanthus leaves, Mrs Armstrong wove the accessories before finishing them with succulent flowers.
"I got the idea late (to use the succulents) because, with other flowers, you need an oasis," she said.
"The pill box came to mind because of the agapanthus leaves and it just grew from there.
The weaving was done over two days and Mrs Armstrong described the result as a "happy accident".
But, based on her overall success at the show where she also took out floral art champion, Mrs Armstrong's talent and passion for floral is clear.
"I just love to patronise the local shows," she said.
"But it's an expensive hobby. I beg, borrow and steal flowers.
"The agapanthus leaves and succulents actually came from my garden."
Also taking the Warwick Horticultural Society by storm was Rita Davey.
The self-confessed garden enthusiast has been working on her Mediterranean-themed garden for 28 years.
"I spend every Saturday in the garden and any extra time is a bonus," she said.
"I wasn't expecting to win Best All Round Garden and thought wow when they announced it."
Mrs Davey's garden, at 118 Ryan Rd, Mt Marshall, will be open to the public today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.