Horsham Spring Garden Show full of life

Organisers of the Horsham Spring Garden Festival said there was something for everyone at the weekend's 25th annual event at Horsham Botanic Gardens.

Committee secretary John Brown said the festival ran from Friday to Sunday and although Friday was slow because of rain, numbers picked up across the weekend.

"We only had about 250 people through on Friday, but people were at the gardens early to get their pick of plants," he said yesterday.

"We had more than 1000 people through on Saturday and we have even more than that today.

"The place is really humming and so far, traders have been happy with the festival."

Horsham Swingside Band and Natimuk Brass Band performed in the gardens on Saturday afternoon and a display of vintage cars were on show yesterday.

"The cars have created a fair bit of interest," Mr Brown said.

"We've also had a jumping castle and a merry-go-round, there's something for everyone."

Mr Brown said the committee had not done anything out of the ordinary to mark the 25th anniversary, but the festival was a testament to volunteers and community groups.

"The festival is an opportunity for community groups to sell their wares, as well as nurseries," he said.

"The 25th anniversary snuck up on us as Horsham garden clubs ran the festival the first few years with help from Horsham Rotary Club the past five years.

"Club members haven't necessarily been as aware of the event's history.

"But I think it is tremendous having the number of people through the botanic gardens that we have had."

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