Popped over to Morrinsville last Saturday to visit the Unforgettable Floral Festival that comprised a large display by floral art groups and individuals from Waikato and Bay of Plenty, plus admission to three local gardens.
Floral art is generally a nightmare to photograph with any justice. However, although the events centre is set up for sport – basketball hoops and electronic timing boards on the walls and the floor marked for various sports – the lighting wasn’t too bad, a pretty good bonus in my book.
The town, sitting in the heart of prime dairying country, celebrates its bovine backbone with a street art exhibition called Herd of Cows. Wasn’t sure about the first cow I came across though – sitting up above the road and with a machine gun on its back! The Vege Grower rightly worked out that it was outside the RSA but the only message I got was: Welcome to Morrinsville … look out!
Fortunately, the cows at the entry to the floral festival were much more benign, made of corrugated iron and ‘chatting’ across a fence.
Members of the local floral art club had worked hard with four groups presenting exhibits, as well displays by clubs from Te Awamutu, Motumaoho (near Morrinsville), Hamilton, Katikati/Waihi, Tauranga, Matamata and Thames.
It was shame to see flowers on various stands that hadn’t lasted the distance – 4 days on show and one or two more as the pieces were made up. Lilies and roses seemed to be the worst culprits although I spotted some pretty manky looking orchids too (and avoided photographing them). Such a shame for both the floral artists and the paying public, although the use of artificial flowers didn’t feel quite right either.
Peacock feathers were also used – this time on a peacock – for Monkey Business, a stand-out display by one of the Morrinsville groups.
Let’s finish with a flourish, shall we?
To find a floral art group near you in New Zealand, go here.