Show set to blossom

AFTER an eventful few years of fires and floods, the Laidley Show Society is still going strong, although finding locals with expertise to be stewards are hard to come by.

This is the first time Sue Landsberg has been the steward for the horticulture section and she is excited about the opportunity.

“I was brought in at the last minute after a friend recommended me and this is the first time I have been a steward,” she said.

“I have been in the horticulture industry for 25 years and used to manage a shop up in Toowoomba until I got a job down here.

“In 2009 I left and went on to volunteer at the Pioneer Village in Laidley.”

She said they were hoping to have a few entries in despite the devastating flooding this year.

“I don't know how many people will place entries until next week, but we will be meeting with the garden club to talk to them about boosting numbers for the Lockyer Valley,” Mrs Landsberg said.

“I hope that I can do a good job as a steward and people can recover after the flood – it is very important to showcase the best of the region's ornamental plants and horticulture.

“It is really important for the Lockyer Valley that we didn't lose out on the section this year.”

She said there will be two judges coming to the show to pick out the best cultivated plants.

“I think they will realise that the quality will vary due to the floods but I am optimistic that they will have something good to judge,” Mrs Landsberg said.

“There will also be a raffle for two standard iceberg roses and proceeds will go back to the Show Society.”

She noticed that people lost interest in horticulture during the years of drought and people were not planting.

“Now that we have water in tanks we can bring things back to normal,” she said.

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