Launceston Horticultural Society host early spring show

SHOW READY: Launceston Horticultural Society life member Ray Hawkins with a rare white Reticulata Camellia, one of his own breeds.Picture: Phillip Biggs

SHOW READY: Launceston Horticultural Society life member Ray Hawkins with a rare white Reticulata Camellia, one of his own breeds.Picture: Phillip Biggs

The spotlight will be on Spring this weekend as the Launceston Horticultural Society hosts its annual Daffodil and Camellia Show at St Ailbe’s Hall.

Held across two days, more than 40 exhibitors will showcase plants in what is the state’s longest running flower show.

Among them is Horticultural Society life member Ray Hawkins, who boasts an extensive collection of Camellias.

A former president of the society, he bought his first camellia 50 years ago, and still has it at his address.

He said the characteristics of camellias make them enjoyable to care for. 

“They are very easy to plant and grow,” he said

 “They are also frost resistant, which comes in handy when you are living in Launceston,” he said.

“They tend to stay in bloom for a long time as well.

“I usually have camellias from April right up until November.”

Between 500 and 800 people are expected through the door across the two days, which also includes flower stalls and afternoon teas.

Mr Hawkins said the timing of the show was central to its appeal.

“It’s always had the public’s interest, because it signals the beginning of spring.

“People associate spring with better weather and flowers in bloom, both of which there will hopefully be at the show.

“Growers also have the chance to compete with one another.

“Everyone is welcome.”

The Launceston Horticultural Society’s Daffodil and Camellia Show will run on Saturday, September 16 from 10am-5pm, and from 10am-4pm on Sunday, September 17.

Entry to the show is $2. 

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