Shop window blossoms for festival

Even though it is not a 'shop'

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012
Pam Niles
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ

WINNING WINDOW: Camerons Womenswear’s window designer Pam Niles with her winning window in this year’s rose festival shop window competition.

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An old shop bike, a picnic basket, flowers and a well-dressed woman combined to form this year's winning Timaru Festival of Roses shop window design.

With 30 shops taking part, judges Heather Coates, Vashti Hammond and Christeena MacDonald had plenty of choice. And they were impressed not only with the design of the windows, but with the fragrances some exuded.

In recent years the competition has attracted fewer than a dozen entries, but that changed this year when one of the organisers, Jo Taylor, visited each Stafford St shop encouraging them to enter. Northtown Mall also got in on the act for the first time, with seven shops taking part.

The one disappointing aspect for Mrs Taylor was that the chainstores were unwilling to participate, citing company policy.

That aside, the judges had plenty of windows to look at, and despite each viewing them separately, all agreed Camerons Womenswear was their favourite.

The old traditional shop bike took centre stage in Pam Niles' design which has the female rider biking off to the festival, complete with her bike basket full of flowers, and a picnic basket for her bread and wine.

Also catching the judges' attention and winning second place was Domino's with its Japanese-themed window, while Absolute Flowers was third.

In for a mention was Community House, which had put together a window even though it was not a "shop".

While it was the look of the window the judges were focusing on, they all remarked on the amazing smell at the Northtown Mall thanks to the huge number of flowers Westpac staff had used in their display.

The festival kicks off today with a guided tour of Timaru Botanic Gardens' rose gardens at lunch time.

Following the tradition of previous years, eight Timaru gardens will be open to the public tomorrow and Saturday, while the South Canterbury Rose Society will hold its Spring show in the Caroline Bay Hall on Saturday and Sunday.

While the main market day kicks off on the bay at 10am on Sunday, the floral art exhibitions, including the children's "floral fantasy" displays, will be open from 1pm till 5pm on Saturday and throughout Sunday's market day.

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- The Timaru Herald

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