September 21, 2023

Wildflower show reaches new heights

Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna’s (Angair) biggest event of the year reached new heights of popularity following a highly successful weekend.

Angair’s Wildflower and Art Weekend brought a record number of people over last Saturday and Sunday, 40 per cent more than last year’s turnout according to Angair president Sally White.

“In total we had 1,500 people attend the show over two days, give or take a dozen or so,” Ms White said.

“That’s from tickets alone, but people could make multiple visits on one ticket purchase, which gave Anglesea Memorial Hall a great vibe.

“The word from our lovely volunteers and participating organisations was visitors were very engaged and asking a lot of questions, which is something we aim to do each year at this event.

“It is up to us, as Angair, to inform residents and visitors about the native flora and fauna found in the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet areas.”

The weekend featured displays of native flora endemic to the Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Surf Coast areas, bus visits to local bushland to see indigenous plants in the wild, art works and photographs by local students and nature photographers, and indigenous plant sales.

“It’s extraordinary to see so many people, we thought given other major events such as the Surf Coast Century were on, it might not be as popular as we hoped, but people turned out in droves,” Ms White said.

“We would have had over 200 varieties of plants, grass and flowers on display for visitors and residents to browse at.”

All proceeds from the show will go towards Angair’s programs and operational costs.

Read Surf Coast Times story here.

Image credit: L-R: Angair committee member Meredith Sussex, environmental care leader Janet Stephens, and committee member Rob Shepherd at the main hall of the Wildflower Show. Photos: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

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