On the raffles stand at the Selwyn Garden Expo are, from left, Katrina Finch, Julie Adams and Joany McNeill

Expo a success

by Mike Isle

West Melton Garden Club’s Selwyn Garden Expo held last Sunday was a resounding success, according to the 500 or so people who flocked to the West Melton Community Centre for the event.

The overwhelming sense throughout the day was of a community sharing a warm Sunday afternoon and a love of gardening, catching up with old friends, enjoying the chatter and seeing what Selwyn offered in terms of garden resources.

More than 50 exhibitors were on hand and they, along with a raft of practical demonstrations, made for a lively and informative day for keen gardeners.

Stalls at the expo included landscaping, tools, Italian cheeses, alpacas and alpaca products, limestone carvings, pottery garden art, specialty plants, fresh vegetables, and also seedlings, manure for the garden, recycled garden art, saffron, wine, asparagus, peonies, herbs, travel tours, truffles, plus a huge variety of plants for sale, including special and rare plants.

West Melton Garden Club president Anne Finch said it was a joy to be part of the expo.

“It was fun, warm and friendly, interesting — with a happy atmosphere. A wonderful sense of community.”

She said the exhibitors’ stalls were particularly attractive and enticing.

“They were beautifully presented and some wonderful displays. The friendly exhibitors had a steady and relaxed stream of interest. Hats, paintings, calendars, sculptures, tools, landscaping and garden supplies.

High-quality products and reasonable prices resulted in many happy customers.”

Ms Finch thanked a large number of sponsors without whom, she said, the expo would not be possible.