A big increase in both entries and visitors to this year’s Warkworth Rose and Flower Show has signalled longevity for the event and its location.
After being run in the Old Masonic Hall in recent years, the show made its return to the Warkworth Town Hall on November 17.
Warkworth Garden Club publicity person Lois New says entries were up by 30 per cent on last year and visitors by 80 per cent.
“This show was a spectacular success and the increased interest also helps us to cover the cost of the venue,” Lois says.
Two sections this year that helped boost the entry count were the roadside pickings and decorative, which a number of children entered.
“We’ve always wanted to get more young people involved with the show and Warkworth School students responded enthusiastically to an invitation to enter this year.”
Lois says the judges were pleased at the standard of entries after strong winds damaged a number of flowers last season.
Entries rose at this year’s show.
Any funds left over from the event, after expenses are covered, will be donated to a charity.
Prize winners at the show were as follows; Sesquicentennial Cup, best in show, Barbara Bennett; Perpetual Challenge Rose Bowl, most points accumulated in sections A,B,C and D, Di Jensen; Freda Holt Trophy, champion of champions rose, Di Jensen; President’s Cup, president’s choice in sections C and D, Fay Illingworth; Warkworth Garden Club Cup, most fragrant rose, Sally Greenwood; Helen and Henry Phibbs Trophy, Di Jensen; Cruickshank Cup, rose judged on merit in section B, Val Dunn; Campbell D’Arcy Cup, most points in section A, Di Jensen; Flora Reilly Cup, most points in section B, Ella Canal; Candlesticks, most points in section C, Shirley Shirley; Hamilton Trophy, best garden in Warkworth/Matakana as seen from the street, 7 Oliver Street and 14 Laly Haddon Place; Plaque, best street in Warkworth/Matakana, Jade River Place; Wilkinson Salver, an aesthetic contribution to Warkworth/Matakana, Totara Park Retirement Village.
To become involved with the Warkworth Garden Club or help with next year’s show, visit warkworthgardenclub.com