Locals buzzing for spring bloom

SPRING is almost here and with it blossoms this year’s annual Claremont Daffodil, Camellia and Spring Flower Show.

Held from 7 to 8 September at the Claremont Memorial Hall, the show will host a wide range of spring flowers and unique floral art displays.

The Claremont, Lenah Valley, Glenorchy and Derwent Valley Garden Clubs will exhibit some of their finest flowers, with categories including camellias, pot plants, Australian natives, floral art, cut flower and containers of flowers of both daffodils and non-daffodils.

Sections will be open to both gardening club members and non-members.

The Claremont Flower Show started shortly after World War Two at Cadburys before taking a short break and returning in 1986.

Claremont Flower Show Group treasurer Neil Harwood said this year’s event would have a display centred on the theme of bees, which would include creative work from the children at the Goodwood Community Centre.

An exhibition by Natural Bee Keeping in Tasmania on the lives and activities of bees and the honey industry titled ‘For The Love of Bees’ will also be on display.

“Bees for us gardeners are very important because without bees nothing grows because they’re not pollinated,” Mr Harwood said.

“This is a show for everybody to put something in.

“If you’ve got something, bring it along and we’ll find somewhere to put it – we want to fill the benches with flowers and something different.”

Other displays will include a children’s section and a daffodil display from Glenbrook Bulbs.

Claremont Flower Show Group president Elizabeth Shoobridge said they were looking to appeal more to the younger generation, with pot plants such as cactuses and succulents becoming more popular.

“If we can encourage younger people to come along they can bring mum, dad or grannie and they can get involved – it’s such a creative thing for children,” she said.

“I think flowers bring a lot of joy to every age and they don’t have to be a grower – you just have to see their faces when they walk into the hall.”

Horticulturist and editor of Garden Writer Jennifer Stackhouse will conduct the official opening and trophy presentation on Saturday 7 September at 2pm.

A number of plant stalls will be on display and raffles, lucky door prizes, tea and refreshments will be available across the weekend.

General show admission will be $2.

For more information, phone secretary Stan Walker on 0429 811 968, email stanwalker93@gmail.com or visit www.claremontflowergrp.wixsite.com or the ‘Claremont Flower Show Group’ Facebook page.

Caption: Claremont Flower Show Group treasurer Neil Harwood, left, and president Elizabeth Shoobridge show off some of the daffodils and camellias that will be on display at the Claremont Daffodil, Camellia and Spring Flower Show.

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