Beefeater feature of garden show

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013

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New Zealand's only beefeater, or Tower of London guard, will be the guest speaker at a garden show in Gore this week.

Patrick Nolan, who was a beefeater for more than 15 years and a member of the New Zealand Army for about 30 years, is one of the many drawcards at Gore Garden Club's Autumn Harvest Show.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the show, and to celebrate, organisers are expecting more entries and spectators than in previous shows.

Autumn Harvest Show convener Ann Thornley said that last year there were more than 1000 individual flowers entered and more were expected this year.

The event had been moved to a larger venue and would include stalls and displays for the first time.

It was a chance for people to see colourful and well-crafted flowers, and enjoy a good day out.

Gore Garden Club secretary Lyn Hankey said the changes offered something quirky to celebrate the 30-year milestone and 85 years of the club.

The stalls and displays would feature handcrafts, artwork, bonsai, photography, baking, jams, pickles and preserves.

All traditional sections would run, she said.

Favourable weather meant there would likely be a good number of entries.

The public could vote on the biggest and best vegetables, fruit and flowers in the braggers corner and there would also be competitions for children, including best miniature garden scene, decorated hard-boiled egg and handmade Easter card.

Entries will be received on Thursday, with the show run on Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, at the Gore Town and Country Club.

Entry is $5 for adults and free for children. Entry to the guest speaker event, to be held at 7pm on Friday, would be $15.

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- The Southland Times

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