Spectacular flowers at the Easter Show 2021

By Rhonda Daniels, enewsletter editor

Updated 2 May with more photos from Joan Zande of Sutherland Group.

Each year APS groups contribute to the Australian plants competition at the Royal Easter Show to share the beauty and diversity of our native plants. There are many different classes including single cuts, 3 cuts, vases, not in vases, flowers, fruits and seeds, and miniatures.

The competition returned after the cancellation of the Easter Show in 2020 due to COVID-19. See photos from the 2019 Royal Easter Show here.

Sutherland Group

Leonie Hogue has been coordinating entries for Sutherland Group since the very first year of the Australian plants competition. She reports: ‘This year’s entries in the Easter Show by Sutherland Group were another great success. Seventeen of our entries won a prize. The most successful thing was the lovely show made by all the entries. A steward stopped me to particularly comment on the wonderful display of Australian plants each year. I particularly enjoyed catching up with friends from Central Coast and Menai Groups as we scurried about at 7 am putting up arrangements.’

Joan Zande from Sutherland Group has provided the photos below of the Sutherland Group entries.

Mixed native cuts – two classes (vase and not in vase)

Mixed native cuts in vase First prize, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Mixed native cuts other than vase, entry 3, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Mixed Grevillea cuts in vase, Second prize, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Mixed native cuts other than vase entry 2, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Mixed native cuts other than a vase, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Display at Easter Show 2021 (photo: Leonie Hogue)

 

Banksias

Banksias at the Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Banksias with other cuts, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)

Miniatures

There are two classes: flowers, and fruit and seeds (no flowers). Sutherland Group won First, Second and Third prizes in the fruit and seeds class.

Miniatures, mixed entry 1, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Miniatures-mixed, entry 2, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Miniatures -mixed entry 3 (Easter Show 2021)
Miniatures (no flowers) entry 1, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Miniatures, no flowers entry 2, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)
Miniatures-no flowers entry 3, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)

Foliage, fruits and seeds

Foliage and berries in vase, Easter Show 2021 (Joan Zande)

Two of the Sutherland arrangers

 

Marie O’Connor at the Easter Show 2021
Easter Show 2021-Joan Zande and Marie O’Connor

 

Menai Group

Menai Group won 8 First prizes, 4 Second prizes and 1 Third prize, plus the Grand Champion. Here’s a selection of photos from Margaret Olde.

Easter Show 2021 – Mixed display (Menai Group)

Easter Show 2021-Mixed display by Menai Group
 

Banksias

Easter Show 2021-Single Banksia by Menai Group
Easter Show 2021 Banksia vase (Menai Group)
Easter Show 2021 Banksias by Menai Group
Easter Show 2021 Miniature (Menai Group)

 

Single cut and 3 cuts

Easter Show 2021 – 3 cuts in bloom Hakea (Menai Group)

Easter Show 2021 – Corymbia by Menai Group

Grevilleas

 

Easter Show 2021-Mixed Grevilleas by Menai Group

Fruits and foliage

Easter Show 2021 –
Foliage Pot by Menai Group
Easter Show 2021-Fruits by Menai Group

 

Other native plant entries

Marie O’Connor, President of East Hills Group, placed an entry in the wool embroidered section, with a design based on native blossoms, nuts and leaves.

Other members also received prizes in other arts and craft categories: a first prize for Mary Hedges from Menai Group and third prize for Liz Aitken from Sutherland Group.

If you have any photos to add, please email enewsletter@austplants.com.au