The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1913. NEW YEAR SHOW.
The Akaroa Horticultural Society ia holding its Summer Show in the Oddfellows' Hall on New Year's Day. Though the season has been a wet one, the gardens have been gay with flowers, and it is expected there will be a large entry of good blooms. These shows do an immense of good in improving the standard of flowers. While gardening it is very little more trouble to rear a good bloom than a poor one, and the result is much more gratifying to tbe gardener. Shows are also excellent for giving people a ohanca to find their leve 1 in the way of the quality of their ga rdenii TtTs
frequently tho habit of gardeners to boast that they have the premier blooms in every distinct kind of flower, whereas their neighbours may i have far superior ones, The best test is to have the blooms alongside at a show, and the competition naturally spurs gardeners on to watch their flowers more carefully. Alj over the world the competition at shows for roses and sweet peas have done wonders in the way of improving these two flowers, wbich may be considered the most popular of to dayAnyone who is showing those flowers knows that it will be necessary to buy good sorts for exhibition, and the result is that a better class all round is grown. The gardens want some hot sun to bring them on, and given that in the next week tbe flowers should be abundant. It was remarkable this
year how good the rose blooms were,
:onsidering the quantity of rain, and they could be picked befon heing destroyed by a shower tht blooms were well above tbe average, U the Spring Sbow this sea?on exhibitors from the Bays were prominent in the prize list, and it is to b) hoped that they will bring their flowers over to the show next week. The committee have made arrange- j rnent.9 to procure Mr Nairn to judg* j the exhibits, and it will be interesting to bear Mr Nairn's opinion as to tht quality of our flowers. All local people should try 10 exhibit at the co that there maybe a. truly representative entry. Tbe schedule drawn up by the special committee caters for all classes of flowers, and even in the smallest gardens one oi two entries could be made, Given tine weather and reasonable support in tbe way of entries the New Yeat show should be a3 successful a one as ever held in Akaroa,