THE flower show has long been regarded as the staple of country life.
When spring arrives town halls, churches and schools throw open their doors to lovingly crafted floral creations.
But an aging population is taking a toll on the vibrant craft.
Fewer arrangements will line the tables at the Flower Festival at Warrnambool’s Anglican Church this weekend — but the passion behind the event, which has been running for more than 15 years, remains strong.
“We started in 1998, so we’ve spent 15 years arranging the festival,” entrant and long-time supporter Mary Barker said.
“I just do it because I love the flowers.
“It probably takes a good couple of hours. There is one group this year that will have artificial flowers.”
Organiser Lois McKenzie said entries had been modelled on the theme of gifts.
“They’re very artistic and people put a lot of time into the entries,” she said.
This festival is open 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Over the years it has raised thousands of dollars for charities ranging from The Royal Flying Doctors Service to Shamrock House.
This year’s proceeds will go towards Peter’s Project.