Joyce Forbes strolled thought the plants and items on offer at the Gardening Extravaganza.
Joyce Forbes strolled thought the plants and items on offer at the Gardening Extravaganza. Georja Ryan

Green thumbs paradise

IF YOUR thumbs have a slight greenish tinge or are almost khaki, the Gardening Extravaganza is one event you don't want to miss.

It all kicked off yesterday at St Mary's Hall, and keen garden enthusiasts were in abundance.

One of the many was keen gardener Joyce Forbes, who strolled through the hall, browsing the items on show.

Nancy Hoey was there with her velvet red table cloth, sporting a dozen ornamental bonsai trees handcrafted by her son-in-law, Bradley Barlow.

"He is really well known for his bonsai trees, so early this year he got into making models so this is the first time they are out on display," Mrs Hoey said.

Mr Barlow buys the pots from overseas and designed them to appeal to the white-collar market.

"He appeals to offices and accountants and people like that to have in their office," Mrs Hoey said.

At the other end of the hall, the colouring-in competition results were finalised and six young Picassos were thrilled to have taken out the top places.

In the prep to Year 3 category, Lachlan Butler came first, Meghan Carey second and Tiffany Boyce third.

In the Year 4 to Year 7 group, Serena Bath took out first place, Gabby Thornton in second and Symantha Boyce came third.

The extravaganza is on again today from 8am-4pm and admission is just $3.



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