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Click the following link for Ann’s talk on African Violets
This year’s Camellia Show was one of the most successful in recent years with over 1250 blooms competing for the many awards. Exhibitors came from as far as Albury, their blooms carefully packed and supported on damp, shredded newspaper in foam boxes to keep them cool while travelling. While the rain had caused damage to many blooms on the bushes, those on display showed very little.
The Champion Bloom of the Show, a near perfect white Pukekura, was grown by
locals Denise and Barry Di Salvia and won them the A. W. Jessep Medal, The John Sullivan Memorial Trophy and also the Jean Hendry Memorial Trophy.
The Reserve Champion Bloom was a splendid red Great Eastern grown by Jill Sullivan, also from Narrandera. This bloom of Great Eastern also won Jill the Allan Swinbourne Memorial Trophy. Narrandera’s Bill Turner grew the Best Formal Double Bloom in the entire Show, Sawada’s Dream, and was awarded the Hume Camellia Society Trophy. Three large, pale pink blooms of Easter Morn won Wagga growers, Ann and Bill Mitchell, the George Hinchley Memorial Trophy.
The Shady Gum Nursery Awards—camellia plants—this year went to Margaret Martin, Helen Hodges, Margaret Dalton, Narrandera Nursing Home, Gail Kneeves, Esther Scholz and Gloria Pearson. Thank you to Quentin and Annie for their interest and assistance.