Showing off his talents

01:19, Feb 08 2013
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Colin Stenton and his dog Pearl potter in the garden of their Bluff home, preparing for the Lands End Garden Club Flower Show.

Colin Stenton hopes he has prize-winning vegetables in his garden in time for this weekend's Lands End Garden Club Flower Show.

The Bluff man is part of a growing trend of males who are competing in the flower show, and it's a trend the club hopes to see increase this year.

The club holds its annual flower show on Saturday and Sunday, in conjunction with the Southland Dahlia Circle, an event which draws crowds from throughout Southland to the Bluff Town Hall.

Lands End Garden Club promotions officer June Dagg said the event was gaining in popularity, especially among men, with many entering the show's vegetable and produce section.

Mr Stenton was one of those men. His wife had been involved with the show for a number of years, but this was the first year he had personally entered the show.

He said that with more time on his hands these days he had built and planted a vegetable garden from scratch, and had plans to expand it. The labour of love had taken him four months.


Many men became interested in the show because their wives were involved, and some were giving their other half a run for their money.

"It's never too late to show flowers."

He would not divulge his secret to growing such successful vegetables, but he said a secret fertiliser formula was the key.

As well as the flower show, visitors will also be able to buy tickets for a garden walk through some of the area's best gardens.