BUDDING ENTHUSIASTS: Harry, 8, and Jorja Hammond, 6, of Strathedan, inspect the colourful dahlias at the Casino and District Garden Club Annual Flower Show and Garden Fair.
BUDDING ENTHUSIASTS: Harry, 8, and Jorja Hammond, 6, of Strathedan, inspect the colourful dahlias at the Casino and District Garden Club Annual Flower Show and Garden Fair. Cathy Adams

Young green thumbs find inspiration at show

HARRY and Jorja Hammond, of Stratheden, might be only eight and six years old, but they are already keen gardeners.

"I have my very own garden at home," Harry said.

"It has some cucumbers in it and I think I might grow some more beans.

"I used to grow beans before but they got old."

The siblings were in their element at the Casino and District Garden Club's 9th annual flower show and garden fair, which was held over the weekend.

Hosted by gardening guru Phil Dudman, the event featured workshops and presentations, as well as prizes for best flowers, which created a colourful display.

Terry Rolfe from the garden club said the event had been growing over the years.

The event now includes displays from nurseries and other gardening related businesses.

"Our vision is for a regional garden fair," he said. "There is really nothing else like this in this region, so we want to involve schools and the community.

"The average age of members of the garden club is about 60.

"That's why we want to get schools and community groups involved so this event continues into the future and becomes something really good.

"There is a lot of potential. And there is a lot of enthusiasm."

There were a number of presentations on Saturday, with topics such as how to put colour and diversity in your garden, and how to care for daylilies. Highlights of the day were the performances from the Casino Dance Academy and the One Voice Choir.

The choir sang "garden inspired" songs for the audience.

Unfortunately the rainy weather meant bus trips to local gardens had to be cancelled yesterday.But Mr Rolfe said it was hoped that this aspect of the event could be rescheduled and held within a few weeks.



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