by Lyn Hastie
Our June meeting was held at the Blueskin Cafe. A large number of us enjoyed tea, coffee, and cake as we were entertained by Sally Brown. Sally presented a slide show as she spoke on her participation at this year's Ellerslie Flower Show. We were very interested to hear lots of the trials and tribulations of the show: 18 pallets of potting mix, over 2000 plants, 300 tulips (out of season), rain, and hail. Sally, her family, and other workers put in many, many hours of work to keep everything looking perfect for her "Pink Passion" exhibit. Well done, Sally; your efforts were amazing and we really enjoyed seeing your photos and hearing your story. July's theme was jewelry making at the Warrington Hall. With Glenys Clements, the tutor, everything was well-organised and saw lots of ladies very busy cutting, glueing, and sorting out beads, buttons, and lots of other bits and pieces. Their efforts will be at the spring flower show for you all to see. Thank you, Glenys, for a wonderful day.
Our 7 August meeting will also be at the Warrington Hall. Three members who have recently returned from a tour of Turkey will show photos and give a talk. Supper will follow with the usual raffles and bloom/vegetable competition. On Friday 29 August lots of our members will be at the Blueskin Store helping to raise funds on Daffodil Day for the Cancer Society. Our club members have agreed to take over the organising of this event. We will work alongside other community members who have been supporting this stall for many years. A huge thank you to Liz and David Sumpter who have been at the helm of Daffodil Day in Waitati for 20 years. Please support the stall by purchasing daffodils, baking, raffles etc.
Our spring flower show will be held two weeks earlier than usual this year due to Waitati Hall being unavailable later in September. As you gardeners know every season is different and it will be interesting to see if two weeks makes a lot of difference to what we have in our gardens. There may well be a lot more daffodils and less rhododendrons, etc. – we'll just have to wait and see. As you will see in our schedule in the News we have a special section in the floral art section to celebrate Waitati School's 150th celebration. We have also added in some sections commemorating Anzac, from art to biscuits and floral art. We hope there's something for everyone to enjoy taking part in.
Lastly, if you won a trophy at last year's show, please return it to a club member by 12 August. If you would like to meet some local folk, then feel free to join us. More information can be had from our president, Daphne, at 482 2428 or our secretary, Lyn, at 482 2896.