Flower festival and orchid show winners

GREEN THUMB: Sue Henry was part of the team that put together the Anglican Christ Church of Warrnambool Festival of Flowers on the weekend. Picture: Anthony Brady
GREEN THUMB: Sue Henry was part of the team that put together the Anglican Christ Church of Warrnambool Festival of Flowers on the weekend. Picture: Anthony Brady
Tom Spillman pictured with his winning plant at the Warrnambool and District Orchid Society which was held over the weekend. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Tom Spillman pictured with his winning plant at the Warrnambool and District Orchid Society which was held over the weekend. Picture: Morgan Hancock

A MUSIC in Bloom theme proved a hit at the Anglican Christ Church of Warrnambool Festival of Flowers event.

The Festival of Flowers was held across Saturday and Sunday and included floral displays, live music, Devonshire teas, plant and book stalls, and raffles.

Viv Fry at the Festival of Flowers at Christ Church Warrnambool.

Viv Fry at the Festival of Flowers at Christ Church Warrnambool.

Festival organiser Val Saffin said incorporating music was a winning move.

“The festival of flowers has been going for a lot of years now,” Mrs Saffin said.

“We are always looking at ways to keep it fresh and interesting. The idea of having music as part of the festival has been really popular.

“The floral displays we have are based on that music theme and it has inspired some really creative arrangements. We have been really happy with how it has gone.”

Members of the Christ Church community, the Society for Growing Australian Native Plants, the Koroit Floral Art Club, the Warrnambool Floral Art Club and the Warrnambool CWA were among the 30 exhibitors across the weekend. 

Live music was provided on Sunday by Viv Fry.

Reverend Robyn Shackell from Christ Church agreed with Mrs Saffin that the uniting of flowers and music was inspiring.

“In springtime, it is a delight to walk around our city and enjoy the riot of colour and perfume from our gardens,” Reverend Shackell said.

“This spring flower festival celebrates the wonder of God’s creation, as well as the creativity of his people.

“Music has always been an important part of this festival and an important part of the worshiping life of this parish.”  

Across town at Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, the Warrnambool and District Orchid Society held its show.

Society president Murray Coverdale estimated about 300 visitors came to the show over the weekend.

Mr Coverdale said this year’s season had not been kind to orchids, with a better year last year.

Buyers rushed to pick up orchids early Saturday, with many people also taking the time to wander through the vibrant and delicately-scented displays of the specimens on show.

Tom Spillman took out the grand champion and reserve champion prizes for his stunning blooms.