Tips for a rosie Maclean Show

RAIN, hail or shine, nothing stops Maclean couple Sally and Albert Irons from entering their prize-winning pot plants and orchids in the Maclean Agricultural Show each year.

After more than 40 years of experience, Mrs Irons was more than happy to divulge the secret to growing the perfect plant.

“Stick it in a pot and water it,” she laughed.

She said that this year, heavy rain had damaged her garden and she would be interested to see how it had affected other exhibitors.

“The weather has really worked against us this year,” she said.

“But it's amazing what some people do, they get out in their garden after the rain and start fixing it up.”

Mr and Mrs Irons have won plenty of prizes in their time, but Mrs Irons said the flower section of the show was more about sharing ideas and encouraging each other than going home with trophies.

“It's about showing people what you can grow in the area,” she said.

“If nobody brought plants in it would be very disappointing.”

Mrs Irons said she was inspired to start entering flowers in the Maclean Show many years ago by her mother-in-law.

“She always put flowers into the flower show when the CWA (Country Women's Association) ran one,” she said.

“I've been married 46 years, so I guess I've been showing flowers for 40-odd years now.”

Mrs Irons now helps out with the Maclean Show Society, setting up plants in the flower sections. She also helps run the orchid show in Maclean, which is on this weekend.

She said gardening was a good hobby to have, particularly in retirement.

“After he retired, Albert became much more involved with the orchids,” she said.

“It's good to get outside and into the garden.”

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