The Cootamundra Garden Club’s 24th annual Rose Show held on Saturday received praise from a state official.
New South Wales Floral Association Treasurer Ann Crasti was impressed with entries. “The high standard is amazing when you consider that Cootamundra, like so many country places, is isolated from other groups,” she said.
“These people maintain a real enthusiasm for floral art when most of the time they have to work things out for themselves,” said Ann.
Fay Barry of Wombat and a member of the now closed Harden Murrumburrah Garden Club officially opened the show and included a donation from the Harden club.
Money raised by the now defunct Harden club was donated to the Cootamundra Garden Club and used to purchase user-friendly photo display stands. This year’s show included a photography competition and the stands allowed for presentation of the entries.
Sophie Absolon won The Grand Champion Rose and Jenny Cash Perpetual Trophy, awarded by Cootamundra Garden Club Judge Peter Cash (husband of the late Jenny Cash).
The Frank and Muriel Lewis Memorial Award for Floral Art was awarded to Elaine Cooper, who also tied first with Muriel Rathmore in the floral art category.
The award for novice floral art was won by Marg Smith.
Best fruit and vegetable was awarded to Ray Caparel.
Most successful cut flower was won by Joan Jenkins.
Most Successful Exhibitor for the photography competition was awarded to Elizabeth Charleston.
Cootamundra Herald's main photographer Kelly Manwaring judged entries in the floral photography competition. She also gave a talk providing feedback to the photographers on their images with hints on how to improve future photos.