The HG Wildflower show, which has been held almost every year since 1938, has had to be cancelled, as have so many other local ecological events (Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Cavendish Red Gum Festival etc).
FOGGS have often had a display there, and elsewhere in this issue you will find some extracts from our display there in 2005.
Plans are well under way for Halls Gap’s wildflower weekend in October (1st and 2nd). This year again we will be having a smallish display in the foyer of the hub, and take people across to the Botanic Garden to look at the flowers growing there, plus two tag-along driving tours on Saturday and one on Sunday. We will also once again have self-drive/ walk notes for sale on several flowery routes. We are delighted that the Wimmera CMA have decided to sponsor us and are providing a lot of inkind help.
But an event like this needs volunteers,and you don’t need to be locals. There are jobs for people with knowledge of our flora, but plenty of opportunity to help even if you know nothing! Putting flowers in vases, serving tea, selling tickets, topping up vases …..Contact Margo if you can assist.
GRAMPIANS WILDFLOWER SHOW WILL RETURN TO HALLS GAP THIS YEAR – WITH RADICAL CHANGES.
This year’s show will be a weekend only event, and will focus on getting people out to look at the flowers, rather than bringing the flowers to the people. To emphasise the change we will be operating out of a marquee in the Botanic Garden rather than in the hall. We will still have some named specimens at participating venues along a “wildflower trail” of paintings, photographs, workshops through the town. We still will need help from FOGGIES. OCTOBER (Same weekend as Pomonal’s native garden show).
GRAMPIANS WILDFLOWER SHOW NOT HAPPENING IN HALLS GAP THIS YEAR – COMMITTEE DECIDES TO MAKE RADICAL CHANGES
The wildflower show committee met early in March to discuss the future of the show. We had much fun in October celebrating our 75th show and decided that now is an appropriate time to rethink the show, and we will take a year off to do so. Several of our key workers want to retire, and we need to rethink how we do the show. We may have a few activities during that traditional first week of October, but no show in the hall. This way we can make a clear break with our traditional way of doing the show.
We would like to thank the FOGG members from further afield who have contributed so much in the recent years. Without your help the show would have folded before this.
We are exploring whether in the future we could share shows with a Dunkeld committee, who already hold a mosaic festival in Spring. Something like: one year it will be held here with a HG committee, the next in Dunkeld with their committee while we relax. (with of course a bit of co-ordination).
We would welcome any suggestions, and hope that we can still get FOGG support for the future shows. In the meantime we look forward to an enjoyable, relaxed first week in October.