Bloom Contest – The Gisborne Herald
Posted on November 02, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
It was all about the flowers this weekend as people flocked to see the Rose and Iris competition held at the Farmers Air Event Center in Showgrounds Park.
Over a hundred people attended this year’s show.
âIt was good to have familiar faces, to see the friendship and camaraderie between people,â said Poverty Bay Horticultural Society President Wendy Davies.
Six judges had to review entries in more than 150 subcategories of roses, irises and cut flowers.
âThe main attraction was the roses with the varieties that are out there and also the new colorings that were coming into the irises,â Ms. Davies said.
The show had four stalls that also featured vegetables, fruits, potted plants, and floral art.
âEveryone seemed happy with the competition.
Ms Davies said more than 15 people were awarded a trophy or certificate. There was also a couple of children who had won a trophy and the other a voucher in the under 15 category (child entry).
Ms Davies said the competition had been running for over 50 years and was started by a group of women who had “a great interest” in flowers and gardening.
âThey just formed a committee and started to organize demonstrations and flower shows,â she said.
This year’s show was also dedicated to the memory of longtime member of society, Oilil Phelps.
SPECIAL WIN: Radiant Pauline Manning, first time exhibitor at the annual Rose and Iris Show, won the Caughey Cup for the show’s rose bloom champion, with her compassionate bloom. History and more photos in tomorrow’s newspaper. Photo by Liam Clayton