If you're really keen follow this link to see the You Tube video of the Hanging basket competition.
My association with the Royal goes back 10 years. We met through the International Flower and Garden Show. Scotsburn wanted to display hanging baskets and the Royal wanted better representation of amateur horticulture at Australia's premier garden show. 10 years! and this year we think we have set the record for for the largest display of hanging baskets in the world! Guinness Book of World Records!
Gerda van der Peet First Prize Members
Now let's get a few things straight. This is a new record for the greatest number of baskets being displayed in the one location at the same time. All the entries are from members or affiliates of the Royal Horticultural Society so they were attempting this record as a team. To ensure consistency for the competition judges, every participant was supplied with a Gardman Hanging Basket and a bag of Debco's Terra Cotta and Tub potting mix. The competition rules state that there must be at least one living plant in the basket for it to be judged, I'm pleased to say every basket I saw had several although I did also find the odd dead 'un. How many baskets? Two hundred and twenty one! It took about 4 goes to count them, it was remarkably easy to get lost in the maze of paths and boxes and baskets. I eventually had to use the site plan and tick each position off, then re-check!
Why am I telling you all of this? Well I have been asked to witness the the display actually achieved what it claimed to and I'm very pleased to say that it did.
Bentleigh Garden Club First Prize Affiliate Clubs
Quantity and quality!
Unfortunately I can't make the conference this year, Ben is playing possibly his last game of netball in a Grand Final. At 14 he's too old to play juniors after this season and possibly a little young to be playing open mixed with the 20 year olds. Wish him luck.