Hands-on activities will be a feature of this year’s Timaru Festival of Roses.
Organiser Chris Thomas said there would be a shift in focus this year with more opportunities for festival-goers to learn new skills.
Gardening and food celebrity Lynda Hallinan will present two workshops on Saturday, November 30.
The first, titled Homegrown Harvests, will be on growing better and more bountiful backyard harvests.
The second, titled Fresh Flowers and Festive Flavours will be about growing your own Christmas gifts.
Vanessa Hardley will take a workshop on the art of flower photography on the same day aimed at teaching enthusiasts how to create fine art flower images.
On Friday, November 29, at the opening of the 2019 Timaru Festival of Roses, Allan Scott, owner and founder of Allan Scott Family Winemakers, will tell his personal story and the story of his wine, and attendees will be able to taste the latest Allan Scott wines.
The festival’s two photographic exhibitions – the 2019 Baby Buds exhibition by Little Moments Photography, and “Sporotrichosis” by photographer Vanessa Hardley – will also open on the Friday.