Warwick Horticultural Society committee members Shirley Olive and Mal Hooke know their gardening.
Warwick Horticultural Society committee members Shirley Olive and Mal Hooke know their gardening.

Success blooms at flower show

THE room was full with colour as three busy judges buzzed around looking at the finer points of all the excellent entries at the Autumn Flower Show.

Three professional horticultural judges came to Warwick from the big smoke after years of training and experience with the Australian Horticultural Judges’ Association (AHJA) in spotting the best from the bunch of amazing flowers.

Brisbane judge Jenny Griffiths has been judging shows since 2006 after two years of training with the south-east Queensland branch to keep her up to date on the finer details of judging the perfect plant.

“You have to know a lot about how they grow. A lot of things go into the judging we don’t just look at them and think it was pretty,” she said.

AHJA judge Leslie Nicholls has spent 25 years critiquing plants and after several visits to Warwick shows said there were more vegetable entries and a lot more pot plant entries on show this year.

“They are all in excellent condition and are great quality plants,” he said.

“It hasn’t been this good for a long time – the dahlias look great considering the weather that has been around.”

The third AHJA judge Maureen Brown specialises in judging dahlias and was impressed with the great show of entries on the bench this year.

“All of the dahlias are very nice. I feel on a whole it was a very attractive show,” Mrs Brown said.

The show is open today from 8am to 4pm at St Mary’s Hall on Wood Street. See Friday’s Daily News for results.



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