Monday, 22 April 2013


by Lyn Hastie

After a few years' absence Blueskin Garden Club members were back with tents, displays and competitions at Blueskin-on-Show Day on Saturday 13 April. The day was perfect and we were very pleased with the numbers of entries received.

Firstly, the Spud-in-a-Container Competition: In early December there were spuds available from the Blueskin Nurseries for purchase and growing. Fifty seven were purchased and taken home to be grown and nurtured. Forty were brought along for weighing in. Results were many and varied: Heaviest spud -- 1st= Emily Clements and Murray Hastie, 3rd Susan Hellyer; Heaviest crop -- 1st Murray Hastie, 2nd Eunice Hoogsteden, 3rd Mike Fitzgerald. A big 'thank you' to the staff at Blueskin Nuseries for stocking the spuds and especially to Mark Brown. We hope to repeat this again for next year's show so look out for info later in the year.

Scarecrow-making was very popular and it was great to use up all sorts of pre-loved clothes, shoes, wigs etc. The results will look pretty impressive in local gardens. Our plant stall was also popular to get a few bargains. The Otago Daily Times marquee was a very busy spot. We had a total of 246 entries which included flowers, eggs, baking, vegetables and baskets, pickles and jams, fruit and, of course, the speciality section which attracted 36 entries -- 5 biggest roots,18 longest beans,8 fattest rhubarb and 5 character carrots. A big 'thank you' to everyone who took the time to bring along their goods. We hope to continue taking part in the show in years to come. Thank you to the hard working A&P Committee members for organising such a great community day.

Our club's next get together is our Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 9 May at 6pm at the Carey's Bay Hotel. We will have our meeting, a two course meal, some fun activities to keep us all thinking and dress up to the 9's in jeans and bling! All replies to club email or phone 482 2896 by 2 May.

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