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Dazzling dahlias set to wow at annual flower show

THE Lindisfarne Garden Club is gearing up to once again host its annual Dahlia Show on Saturday 16 March.

The event will be held from 1.15pm to 4.30pm at the Lindisfarne Citizen’s Activity Centre, located at 39a Lincoln Street, Lindisfarne.

The official opening will be held at 2.30pm by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania.

Established in 1961, the Lindisfarne Garden Club provides a platform for local residents with a love of horticulture to socialise and expand their knowledge of the various components of growing and exhibiting their own home-grown produce.

Lindisfarne Garden Club life member John Bennett said horticulture had been a popular pastime during this “thrifty era.”

“This was because most gardens were given over to producing vegetables and fruit for home consumption,” he said.

“So, the club decided to hold two shows each year in March and November, with the initial show attracting approximately 500 entries.

“Over the past 58 years, the club has contributed to the community in various ways – this includes planting at least 200 trees in public areas to assist with greening, and donating 150 roses to Queen Victoria Home.”

The club has also donated money, books and plants to various organisations such as the Royal Botanical Gardens, Queen Victoria and Masonic Homes, and the Lindisfarne Library.

Mr Bennett said the flower shows were an integral part of the club’s activities.

“But the year 2000 saw a slow decrease in interest in participation as a consequence of time and budget constraints of the younger generation, growth of supermarket offerings and the proliferation of technology,” he said.

“It is now much easier to purchase plants, fruit and vegetables from the supermarket or hardware store.

“Although participation in the shows are declining, they continue to enable local residents to socialise at minimal expense and see for themselves what can be achieved by a small expenditure of energy.

“We are hoping the wheel will indeed turn and that we will return to those prosperous years.”

The Lindisfarne Garden Club now hosts one show a year in March, attracting around 250 entries.

Lindisfarne Garden Club secretary Norma Gordon OAM said the club was on the lookout for new members.

She said anyone interested would be warmly welcomed.

“Come to our March Dahlia Show to see the wonderful display of colourful, dazzling dahlia, other beautiful flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables and creative floral art,” she said.

The Dahlia Show will include a raffle, plant stalls, and afternoon tea provided by members of the Lindisfarne Historical Society.

Admission for adults will be $2.

To enter the show, contact the show manager on 6247 7530.

Caption: Dahlia grower Greg Fooks, of Old Beach, in his garden where the dahlias are grown under protective shade cloth.