While Tasmania is known right across the country and around the world for its fabulous fresh produce and gourmet delicacies, did you know that the island state also is home to some of Australia's most beautiful flowers?
The Hobart Horticultural Society regularly celebrates Tasmania's gardeners, hosting four flower shows each year to encourage friendly competition and co-operation to strengthen the state's floral production industries.
If you happen to be visiting Hobart next month, you might be lucky enough to see one such show in action, featuring the best of Tasmania's autumn blooms.
The annual Chrysanthemum & Floral Art Show will be hosted at Hobart City Hall on Macquarie Street from May 4 to 6 and is a brilliant opportunity to get to know some of the key players in Tasmania's flower growing communities and learn more about the latest gardening trends.
It is free to both attend and display at the event, and guests can expect to see local fruits and vegetables, pot plants and a range of autumn flowers on show, including some of the world's finest chrysanthemums – just in time for Mother's Day.
Budding gardeners who are keen to test out their green thumb can even stop by the onsite plant stall, while others may prefer to sip a morning or afternoon tea and linger over the displays.
Floral art is another key highlight of the exhibition, and there will be plenty of pieces to view over the three-day spectacle.
The largest onstage display is titled From Sea & Shore, but there will also be special exhibits dedicated to Bonsai and Ikebana art. A special section of the display area has been reserved for floral art prepared by local children – you'll be amazed at their creativity!