Port Fairy church becomes a garden

A SWEET floral scent will take over St John’s Church in Port Fairy this weekend as the region’s best floral artists take part in the annual Autumn Festival Of Flowers.

The show takes over the church today and tomorrow, with about 400 people expected to pass through the doors and inspect the 28 arrangements inside.

Organising committee member Kaye Dowie said this year’s theme of Inspired By Creativity had opened up a wide range of interpretations.

“It can be turned into a religious theme about the creation of the world or things that have been created by nature or clever and creative things people do with their own hands,” Mrs Dowie said.

“One of the ladies has done a square that looks like a tapestry cushion (made) out of fresh flowers.

“Her mother made her a tapestry cushion before she was born and passed it onto her daughter, and so she was inspired by the work and creativity her mother put into that cushion.”

Floral art is much more than just flower arranging these days, Mrs Dowie said.

“Apart from the fresh flowers there’s also a lot of dried plants and cacti,” she said.

“Some people use succulents because they come in lots of different colours and different leaf textures, plus they don’t droop and last a long time.”

The annual Autumn Festival Of Flowers is now in its 10th year and attracts floral artists from Warrnambool, Koroit, Port Fairy and Allansford.

The show will be open to the public today and tomorrow from 11am until 4pm. 

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