A mixture of locals and visitors flocked to the nine open gardens that were on show during the Spring Flower Festival, which took place last weekend.
‘Elm Cottage’, ‘Gone Barny’, ‘Rhanhaven’, ‘Laurel Hill Berry Farm’, ‘Brumby’s Ridge’, ‘Grassmere’, ‘Burraleigh’, ‘Rob Lin Lee’ and ‘The Owl Place’ were the gardens on show with ‘Grassmere’ alone attracting over 100 visitors on Saturday and even more on Sunday.
Many of the visitors were from outside of the region with some interstate visitors from Tasmania and Victoria.
Quite a few mentioned that they had never visited Tumbarumba and were surprised that this green paradise is not on the list of top destinations in NSW.
Tumbarumba Garden Club vice president Grazyna Hamilton reported hearing comments such as “awesome gardens,” “peaceful gardens,” “refreshing and green” and “tranquility.”
Many commented that this destination is a hidden treasure and they are already planning to return next year.
The festival also featured a flower show, an art and photography exhibition, a photography competition and a skateboard art competition. There was also a sculpture competition and a scarecrow competition.
The winners of the competitions are below.
Winner – Petrea Cook – Genesis $500 prize
Judge’s comments: “For capturing an elegant, organic form in stone that is reminiscent of fire, water and an emerging seed. It responds to the challenges and hopes of 2020 beautifully.”
Second – Bradley Weintraub – Frog
Judge’s comments: “The colour of the stone and it’s flowing form are stored to the subject. This little frog looks poised, with its elongated fingers stretched languidly across the stone. Is he serenely watching us, or poised to leap.”
Third – Phil Cussons – Duck Pond
Judge’s comments: “The ripples in the water around the central duck add drama and movement to this piece. The technical work shaping the duck’s bill and the elegant arch of their backs are just wonderful.”
Flower photo competition:
Single Bloom – Winner Sam McCarthy, Second Cynthia Soding
Multi Bloom – Winner Wendy Lavis, Second Karen Golgini
Garden Landscape – Winner Trish Pratt
B&W Feature – Winner Sam McCarthy
Winner Open – Peter McDade
Winner High School – Hazel Paton
Winner Primary School – Zane McPherson
Winner Business – Bendigo Bank
Winner Open – Karl McEachern
Winner Junior (Early Years) – Carcoola
Winner Junior (Primary) – Zane McPherson
The results from the flower show are extensive, and will be printed in next week’s edition of the Times.