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Native Flower Show, Manly
In Australia the season of Spring is deliciously mind-blowing for lovers of Native Flowers. Markets and flower shops are flooded with the likes of the stunning Waratah and delightful flannel flowers etc. The form of the Waratah is perfection and has always caught the eye of admirers of beauty. Botanically named Telopea speciosissima but commonly known as the Waratah a beautiful word given to the flower by the Eora Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.
The Waratah was also greatly admired by the early settlers as were the many other species of native flora that were unique to Australia. In 1881, Mr C. H. Hayes, a resident of Manly who was an avid native flower collector, decided to have an exhibition of only indigenous flowers. This idea was first met with doubt but he persevered eventually holding the first known wildflower Native Flower Show in the pavilion at Ivanhoe Park, Manly. Combining the horticultural show with a charity bazaar to raise funds to expand St Mathew's Church in the Corso, the pavilion was set up with stalls alongside the flower exhibit. The native flower enthusiasts offered for sale bouquets, wreaths, button-holes and baskets all consisting of native flowers only.
The Native Flower Show was a huge success attracting flower lovers from all over Sydney so much so that the afternoon degenerated into absolute bedlam! As the steamers arrived from Sydney the crowds swelled to an estimated 2000 people and hundreds were turned away, the pavilion unable to cope with such a huge horde. You can read more about this event at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page16499524 which also includes a wonderful illustration of the crowd at the flower show.
Here at Native Bunch we ♥︎ being surrounded by native flowers. This cute little vase of Waratah, Flannel flowers and Gumnuts was put together last month when Waratahs were in abundance - can't wait until they are back again! Find us at nativebunch.com.au
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Citation: Newspaper articles found in Trove reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Australia.