When Norma Purton moved to her Riverside property 20 years ago there was no garden, just a sloping bank of soil.
Now the soil has been transformed to a fertile plot, with the well-tended grounds full of spring blooms in readiness for the Launceston Horticultural Society's Early Spring Show this weekend.
"I've been a gardener all my life, even as a child," Mrs Purton said.
"If I found a pretty flower I used to take it home and incorporate it into my mother's garden, but they were usually weeds," she said.
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As an adult, Mrs Purton loves bulbs and spring-flowering plants, especially "sunny daffodils because they make you smile - yellow is a happy colour".
Some of these spring blooms will be featured in the displays and competitions at the show.
"I always contribute to the shows. I'll put in bulbs, alpine plants, a spring basket and daffodils," she said.
Mrs Purton assures keen gardeners the competitions are open to everyone, not just society members.
"Anyone can contribute, not just members. Come along before 11am on Saturday and someone will help you put [your entry] in," she said.
Launceston Horticultural Society was established in 1838, celebrating its 181st birthday this year.
It started in City Park, with society members still taking an active role in presenting some of the garden beds.
- WHAT: Early Spring Show
- WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2pm-5pm; Sunday, September 15, 10am-4pm
- WHERE: St Ailbe's Hall, Margaret Street
- COST: $3
- INFORMATION: launcestonhorticultural.org.au
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