Gerberas to put on a big show

Gerry Gillett with some of his prize gerberas. d418760
Gerry Gillett with some of his prize gerberas. d418760

Gerry Gillet (88), who has been growing the colourful flower for more than 60 years, said there were several reasons why he loved the plant.

‘The thing that appealed to me was that they flower the whole year round, which is very unusual. That was the main attraction. Plus the fact that they were perennials; you could divide them every year, and they’re quite easy to grow,’ Mr Gillet said.

Mr Gillet said there was an art to hybridising, harvesting and growing a quality gerbera, something that has kept him interested in the activity for more than half a century.

‘I firmly believe it’s the old adage ‘use it or lose it’ and if you can continue to get enjoyment out of it then it must do your health good I feel, both physically and mentally,’ he said.

Mr Gillet said WAa had a rich variety of gerberas and led the country in hybridisation.

The gerbera exhibition begins at 10am on Saturday, May 3.

The entry fee is $4.

Refreshments will be available during the day.