For about 40 years, Waikerie & Districts Community Flower Show has been showcasing the wonderful job of all the keen gardeners in the region. The show runs annually, during the month of October, in conjunction with Riverland Rose and Garden Festival.
The theme for this year was 'the artful garden'. Multiple exhibits including cut flowers, roses, native plants, orchids, pot plants, floral art and floral photography were on display at the Waikerie Memorial Institute over two days. The Geraldton Wax was particularly lovely in my opinion, and so were the rose and orchid entries that won first place.
Children had a section of their own. Among others, the local Lutheran primary school contributed 'flowers' for visitors to take home as "kindness, love and care can bloom when shared around". And, I thought the animals made from fruits and vegetables were rather creative.
Local churches displayed their creations too. The bright yellow honeycomb display caught my attention pretty much straight away. Gracious words were aptly being compared to the sweetness and health of a honeycomb.
Morning and afternoon teas were also available for a small cost. We enjoyed a cup of tea with some cakes while waiting for the floral art demonstration to begin. This was the first time I've seen floral art being performed in-person and I must say I did learn a fair bit.
Entry was just $4 per adult, so that makes it quite affordable to attend. Waikerie is definitely a Riverland town worth visiting. There are plenty of other things to see and do while you're there. Plan a trip in October and you'll get to enjoy the flower show as well. Do keep an eye on their Facebook page for future event dates.