NUMBER ONE: Horticultural winners Rita Walton, Denise Podlich and Daphne Curwen.
NUMBER ONE: Horticultural winners Rita Walton, Denise Podlich and Daphne Curwen. Andrew Korner And Claudia Baxter

Top greeneries in full bloom

THE horticulture section offered show goers a pleasant refuge from the hustle and bustle of the showbag pavilion and sideshow alley.

Although the cut flowers suffered from some badly-timed rain recently, stewards reported that most other sections were strong this year, with a large number of entries.

Ribbons were awarded in a number of sections, including hanging baskets, orchids, pot plants and ferns.

Visiting Darling Downs judge Malcolm Sypher said while entries were down slightly, the standard of entries was much higher than he'd seen in Ipswich before.

"The hibiscus entries were particularly strong this time around," Mr Sypher said.

"Unfortunately we did not see very many roses this year."

Mr Sypher said that although there was a common belief the spring was the best time to plant, there were still a lot of varieties that could be established during the onset of winter.

"The plant itself might slow down, but the roots are still growing, which makes it a good time to plant," he said.

"Now is a good time to get deciduous trees going so that, by the time summer comes, they are already well-established."

Trio Rita Walton, Denise Podlich and Daphne Curwen celebrated success in the orchid, cactus and potted plant sections respectively.

With the overall quality of the plants on display across the weekend, however, it appeared that the Ipswich Show was the big winner.


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