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March 1976

A large number of people visited the School of Arts, when Maleny Horticultural Society staged its Autumn Fair, with proceeds going to the School of Arts Committee. Centre of attraction was a large floral carpet designed by Mrs B. Thomas, who with her helpers, created a series of curves and triangles of dahlias and hibiscus based on a formalised English border garden. The flowers were set in a base of shades of greenery, mainly Golden and Mexican cypress pine, edged with green hydrangeas. Emphasising the colours of the flowers were irregularly placed patterns of black swamp grass. A special thanks is due to Mrs Betty Thomas for her untiring efforts in designing and supervising the making of the floral carpet; and for organising the very successful display of ‘Around the World with Flowers’ in conjunction with the Back to Maleny Rodeo.

[Source Nambour Chronicle]

[No photographic record of the floral carpet has been discovered.]

September 1976

The twenty fourth Annual Meeting and Election of Officers was held at the home of Mrs R Dolan Landsborough Road.

Officers elected were:

    • President: Mrs T. Skerman
    • Senior Vice President: Mrs E. Hawkins
    • Junior Vice President: Mrs Thomas
    • Secretary: Mrs V. Dougherty
    • Assistant Secretary: Mrs Armstrong
    • Treasurer: Mrs Vi Engle

October 1975

Spring Fair: A Very successful feature of the day was what proved to be surely the best floral display ever staged in Maleny and probably one of the best on the Sunshine Coast, when members of the Maleny Horticultural Society transformed the drab pavilion into a magnificent setting for ‘Around The World With Flowers’. More than 20 countries were depicted, some in large displays, others in smaller sections. For Australia a background of bark showed off a butt end of a piece of cedar, shaped roughly into a map of Australia, a clump of bottle brush while a tan bark floor made a life like setting of rocks, aboriginal artefacts, and a symbolic figure made from dark sticks and stones. Every country shown was excellently depicted and the many hours of work put in by those arranging the display was well rewarded by the enjoyment of those viewing the scene. A stall selling cuttings and pot plants proved financially rewarding for the Ambulance Committee’

[Source Nambour Chronicle]