Lesley Littleboy’s championship decorative novice exhibit – a ‘study of beauty without flowers’ – was arguably better suited to the display conditions in the Flower Pavilion at this year’s Tenterfield Show than many of the other exhibits that wilted in the testing conditions.
Stems and arrangements struggled to hold up their flower heads in the heat, and entries were reduced given the state of many local gardens.
Ms Littleboy said she has entered in the flower section many times but this is the first championship notch on her competitor’s belt. One more and she will be out of the novice class.
She’s also a fan of the Tenterfield Horticultural Society’s dahlia show coming up in a fortnight, but again fears for the wellbeing of potential entries.
“When even your geraniums are dying, you know your garden’s dead,” she said.
The society’s Jan Frith said the heat had affected entries this year, but that the floral art was good and she was impressed with the support the competition received.
“I always get a shock with the level of participation,” she said.
Mrs Frith said the section continues to enjoy the support of many local sponsors as well, and appreciated the contribution of Regional Australia Bank coming on this year.