GARDENERS entering the Warwick Autumn Flower Show have struggled to keep their blooms from wilting ahead of the event next month.
The show, which will be held at St Mary's Hall on March 8 and 9, will feature more than 350 floral entrants in a range of categories including vegetables, floral art and a children's section.
Warwick Horticultural Society president Graham Gillam said he hoped the show would continue to attract strong crowds and entries but recent 40-plus temperatures had created difficult growing conditions.
"Many of us who are entering have had plants in the ground for the show since October and November, so there has been some very hot days, possibly the hottest since the show began in 1908," Mr Gillam said. "Mother Nature has battered the region with heat but everyone is optimistic it's going to be a record turnout for crowds and entries.
"Our autumn show last year was hugely successful and the last show we had in October had record numbers."
He said entrants came from across the region, with gardeners from as far afield as Tenterfield.
"The dahlias are always a crowd pleaser and then there are the vegetables and floral art that are always exciting to see."
Mr Gillam said there were specialist dahlia growers who supported the show and their displays were a highlight of the event.
"Roses too are always a wonderful feature of
our horticultural shows given that we are the rose capital."
Mr Gillam said 25 trophies would be presented at 4pm on Thursday.
Where: St Mary's Hall, Wood Street, Warwick.
When: Wednesday, March 8, noon-4pm and Thursday 9am-4pm
Cost of show entry: $3