Summer Flower Show set to bloom

AMONG gardening gurus and budding beginners alike, anticipation is growing ahead of the 2019 Claremont Lilium, Rose and Summer Flower Show.

Organised each year by a small group of volunteers from the Claremont Flower Show Group, the long-running community-based show will fill the Claremont Memorial Hall with colour on 12-13 January.

Hundreds of flower fans are expected to attend what has become a “must-see” event on the Tasmanian gardening calendar.

Competition for this year’s major awards including the Ridgeway, Essie Huxley, Gore/Tieppermann and John Mathews perpetual trophies is sure to be fierce, while Club Champion bragging rights will be on the line for members of the Claremont, Glenorchy and Lenah Valley garden clubs.

While liliums are the floral focus, the event will also showcase locally grown roses, gladiolus, dahlias and fruit and vegetables.

There will also be floral art competitions, a carnivorous plant display, and an award for Most Unusual Pot Plant.

“The liliums look like they’ll be very good, and the recent rains have been a benefit to all gardeners,” Claremont Flower Show Group secretary Stan Walker said.

“The quality of the flowers grown by local gardeners – from professionals down to mums, dads and children – is just astounding.

“You’ll be surprised by what turns up, what people have managed to breed themselves.”

The Claremont Flower Show Group’s summer and spring shows both encourage gardeners of all ages to exhibit, with a particular focus on getting budding young green-thumbs involved.

“One of the big things we push for is (participation by) the children, because they’re the gardeners of the future,” Mr Walker said.

The summer show will be held at the Claremont Memorial Hall (corner of Main Road and Bilton Street) on the weekend of 12-13 January, open 1pm-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.

Noted Australian horticulturist and gardening author Angus Stewart will officially open the show and present the major awards at 2pm Saturday, with the remaining prizes presented at 3.45pm Sunday.

Exhibiting is free, with plants to be dropped off between 2pm-7pm Friday and 8-10am Saturday.

Entry for spectators is $2, with children under 12 admitted free.

Caption: Oliver Gentile, 11, and Joseph Gentile, 13, work on their art while keen growers Elizabeth Shoobridge and Vivienne Moane prepare for the flower show.