Timaru man with giant pumpkins from single seed asked to display them at Horticulture Show

Melissa, Aaron and Trevor Biggs loaded 2 giant pumpkin into their station wagon for the Timaru Horticultural Autumn Show.
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Melissa, Aaron and Trevor Biggs loaded 2 giant pumpkin into their station wagon for the Timaru Horticultural Autumn Show.

Trevor Biggs and his pumpkins are back, and have been invited to display the prized possessions at the Timaru Horticultural Society Autumn Show this weekend. 

Last year Biggs bought what he thought were "normal orange squash" seeds and buried a small handful of the seeds in his garden. 

He soon found out these were not your average seeds when pumpkins the size of car wheels grew from the seeds. 

This year marks the first year the Timaru Horticultural Society has had the autumn harvest theme at the event, which displays the region's finest autumn flowers and vegetables.

Timaru Horticultural Society secretary Di Middlemiss said she saw the pumpkins in the paper and thought they were "so enormous". 

"They are perfect for the theme... and enormous."

She said she asked Timaru Horticultural Society committee members if they could have Biggs and his pumpkins at the show, to which he agreed.

Biggs said it was "quite cool" to be asked to display his pumpkins at the show.

He said he had never been to the show before and was "a bit surprised" when he was asked. 

The biggest problem would be getting them down to the Caroline Bay Hall, Biggs said. 

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Just a couple of the pumpkins would be going down as he said they were "really quite heavy". 

"There's a couple of people coming to help lift them."

He said if he tried to lift them on his own he would "have a crooked back for weeks".  

Middlemiss said the autumn harvest theme would have a big display in the main foyer of flags, corn, hay bales, and all sorts of autumn produce.

Timaru Horticultural Society committee member Jenni Young said they show was "quite a time for people" with exhibits from chrysanthemum growers and a range of autumn foliage, as well as autumn fruit and vegetables on display.

She said they had offered Biggs for to enter the class of the heaviest pumpkin in the vegetable section but were unsure if he would compete or not.

 - Stuff

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