BLOOMING FLOWERS: Graham Gillam prepares for a big month of garden competitions.
BLOOMING FLOWERS: Graham Gillam prepares for a big month of garden competitions. Paige Ashby

Flower season arrives with 2015 Gardening Competition

GREEN thumbs have had a busy start to the season preparing for a string of spring flower shows and competitions.

First on the gardening agenda is the 2015 Garden Competition on October 5.

Entries will close on October 2.

Judges will be taken to each house that is entered and will pick a winner for each of 18 different classes.

Categories include large home garden, rose garden, school garden, courtyard garden, novice garden and a cottage garden.

Warwick Horticultural Society president Graham Gillam said it was an exciting time of the year for everyone.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in all classes as well as perpetual cups, trophies and other prizes.

"It's very rewarding for everybody," he said.

"We've been trying to push more of the schools to come back.

"We've got two schools in it this year."

Mr Gillam said Warwick East School had participated since he was in primary school during the 1940s.

The winners of the Garden Competition will be announced and awarded at the annual Spring Flower Show on October 14 and 15.

The results will be published in the Daily News on October 8.

"We're expecting between 25 and 30 entries for the first competition," he said.

Members of the community will be invited to attend the show and view a range of floral displays.

Exhibits will close by 10am on October 14 and the presentation of trophies will be on October 15.

Entry is $3 and children will have free admission.

Following the flower show, shops and local businesses will get into the spring spirit with the floral window competition.

Sashes and prize cards will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Commercial and local flowers may be used unless stated otherwise.

For information contact the society on 4661 1414.
 

COMPETITION CLASSES

Class 1 Acreage Garden or Country Homestead Daily News Cup Judged on variety of trees, shrubs, other permanent features and flowers.

Class 2 Large Home Garden Warwick Horticultural Society Shield Judged on whole of garden - front, back and sides.

Class 3 Small Home Garden Sedgwick Cup Judged on whole of garden - front, back and sides.

Class 4 Cottage Garden Tucker Brothers' Cup A variety of old-fashioned plants in abundance.

Class 5 Rose Gardens Warwick Horticultural Society Trophy Roses must be the dominant feature.

Class 6 Australian Native Garden Native Plantings must be the dominant feature.

Class 7 Festival Home Garden Regional Council Trophy Front only - Judged from footpath - Colourful impact, important

Class 8 Festival Garden other than a Home Garden Regional Council Trophy Judged from footpath - Colourful impact, important

Class 9 Home Unit, Town House or Small Lot Garden Class 10 House and Garden established under 3 years

Class 11 Junior Garden - 15 years and under Melva Kadow Memorial Trophy Class 12 Vegetable Garden Arthur Yates Cup

Class 13 School Garden - over 100 students Ingram Cup

Class 14 School Garden - under 100 students McGowan Cup

Class 15 Gardens/Commercial Business and Industrial Premises Jim and Rose Garraway Perpetual Trophy

Class 16 Gardens/Retirement Villas and Medical (Hospitals, Nursing Homes) etc. Bill Greer Memorial Trophy

Class 17 Courtyard Garden

Class 18 Novice Garden Jack Hall Memorial Trophy Not having won 1st prize in this competition.

Note: Judges will take into account prevailing weather conditions.



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