Carnival of flowers turns 20

03:25, Sep 26 2013
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Charlotte Parry, 2, and grandma and Gore Rhododendron Festival Committee member Beverley Brookland admire the spring blooms ahead of next month's festival.

The Gore Rhododendron Festival celebrates its 20th year this year and continues to go from strength to strength. 

Committee member Beverley Brookland said each  year got slightly bigger. 

''This year is the 20th year and we're trying to do something a little special.''

As well as the usual craft stalls, food and kids entertainment, there would also be clowns giving out lollies and talks on specialised gardening techniques, she said. 

''The short 10 minute garden talks will happen in between the music. The people who are doing it are specialists in that field,'' she said. 

There will also be an H20 Orb walker for children to play in, which was new this year, she said. 


With just weeks to go before the festival most of the organising was well under way, she said. 

Gardening was the underlying theme of the festival but it was good to have a range of different activities to keep everyone amused, she said. 

''It's a spring time thing with a carnival-type atmosphere.

''A great place to do some early Christmas shopping and buy special plants.''