TRUE BLOSSOMS: Long-term flowers, foliage, plants and orchids pavilion stewards Pat Schwartz and Gloria Vale with the champion entries.
TRUE BLOSSOMS: Long-term flowers, foliage, plants and orchids pavilion stewards Pat Schwartz and Gloria Vale with the champion entries. Amber Hooker

Emerald pavilion pair plant seeds of success

FLOWERS, foliage, plants and orchids pavilion stewards Pat Schwartz and Gloria Vale are as passionate about other people's plants as they are about their own and each year the pair get a thrill over the success of budding green-thumbs.

For more than a decade, Pat and Gloria have worked side-by-side in the Emerald Show pavilion.

And they have both placed well for their plants.

However, Pat said the highlight this year came when a new entrant took out first place and grand champion for her red rose.

"We have had such excitement with this young woman with her first entries," she said.

"She has been so excited about it and enthusiastic, so it is really lovely."

Pat said this year her mission was to persuade all those who visited the pavilion to prepare entries for next year.

"I have taken some names and addresses," she said.

"I have said to these people that I know that I will come around and have coffee with you two months before the show, just to remind you to fertilise your roses and get ready."

"A lot of people don't realise, we provide the venue but they provide the show."

Gloria was humble in her own success when her Zanzibar won grand champion foliage.

She said there was no reason why others could not do the same.

"It's a very low maintenance plant," she said.

"Everyone should have one, even people who don't like looking after plants."


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