Best of blooms at Spring show

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Some of the best blooming flowers around will be on display when Ballymena Garden Club holds its 88th Annual Spring Show.

The show, on Saturday, April 25 in Broughshane Community Centre, is organised in conjunction with Broughshane and District Community Association Ltd and will be open for viewing from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm with the prize distribution at 3.00 pm.

The special guest this year is Marretta Coleman, award winning florist and NIGFAS Floral Art Demonstrator.

A show spokesperson said: “Daffodils were late into bloom and are only now reaching their peak and this is your only opportunity to see such a display locally.”

As well as the numerous daffodil classes there are classes devoted to foliage and flowering pot plants, cacti and succulents,cut flowers and floral art.

The Schools and Young Persons Section provides an opportunity for young people to express their creative talent in classes with artistic and practical gardening themes. A popular class with both exhibitor and visitor invites the exhibitor to create a creature made from vegetables and/or fruit.

Afternoon teas will be available and an extensive range of garden, house and greenhouse plants grown by members will be available for purchase at bargain prices.

You don’t need to be a Club member to exhibit. Bring your favourite pot plants, cut flowers and flowering shrubs to the Community Centre on Friday 24th April from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm or Saturday 25th April between 8.30 am and 11.00 am when an official will help you put them on show.

Vases will be supplied for exhibiting cut flowers and flowering shrubs.

However, it is important that exhibits must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least three months prior to the show.

The entry fee is only 20p for each exhibit with free entry for school-aged children.

A free Schedule of Classes can be obtained from the Club Secretary, Mrs Heather Meban; Tel: 2565 2442.