GREEN THUMBS: Avid Dalby gardener Cheryl Parsons is hosting the Dalby Show Society Garden Party with her husband Rob.
GREEN THUMBS: Avid Dalby gardener Cheryl Parsons is hosting the Dalby Show Society Garden Party with her husband Rob. Elouise Quinlivan

Garden party for the show society

AFTER generous rainfall over the past couple of weeks, many properties and gardens around Dalby are looking greener than they have all year.

Rob and Cheryl Parsons are making the most of it, and are preparing to host a Garden Party fundraiser for the Dalby Show Society.

The couple have been long-term members of the show society, and have taken on more active roles in the last five years, with Rob currently serving as treasurer.

"It's lovely and lush and green at the moment, and the flowers are all coming out,” Rob said.

"We just want to create a nice atmosphere for people to come and have a yarn and look around.

"It all started when a garden club called up one day and asked if they could do a morning tea in the garden sometime - we said yes, and then we thought if we were doing that we might as well do something else, so we decided to have a garden party for the show society.”

The Parsons are well known around town for their impressive garden, with Cheryl also taking on the role of a steward in gardening sections at the Dalby Show and often selling plants at Dalby's markets.

The garden party will take place on Sunday, October 9 with visitors welcome throughout the day from 9am onwards.

Entry will be just $3, with visitors invited to take the opportunity to meet and speak with Annie Fulton, current Miss Dalby Show Girl and Brad Smith, current Young Ambassador finalist for 2016.

Annie was not only selected as Miss Dalby Showgirl, but also Miss Darling Downs Showgirl and went onto represent the region at the Brisbane Exhibition in August.

"They're great role models for the show, what I really love about it is that it's a younger generation coming along... we're not going to be here forever,” Rob said.

"Annie is planning on bringing a few interested entrants for next year's competition along and they can get to know members in a more personal way.

"Anybody who is interested in becoming a committee member or entering can come along, and locals with market stalls.

"It's a local show and we want to help local people.”


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