Catherine Field couple receive prestigious agricultural award

TOP TEAM: Bruce and Lonny Raines work together to grow and show flowers at major agricultural events, such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Picture: Joshua Bartlett
TOP TEAM: Bruce and Lonny Raines work together to grow and show flowers at major agricultural events, such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Picture: Joshua Bartlett

"If you want to get the results, you need to put in the time and effort."

That's the view of Catherine Field's Bruce Raines, who is a veteran of the agricultural show circuit.

Mr Raines and his wife Lonny have shown poultry, have volunteered and judged at prestigious events such as Sydney Royal Easter Show for about 40 years.

For the past decade, they have specialised in the flower and gardening section.

Mr Raines said it was not a "five-minute" job to prepare flowers for a show.

"We grow 500 or 600 flowers per year in preparation - it's pretty intense," he said.

"I used to run my own [bobcat] business, but this is a labour of love. You get what you put in."

However, Mr Raines admitted that unpredictable weather over the past few months had proven a challenge.

"Every season is different," he said.

"We've seen some ridiculous humidity this year which has seen bugs and grubs come in to our garden.

"I ask myself 10 times a day - why am I doing this?

"But is it is worth it."

Bruce Raines picks out his next bunch of flowers for an upcoming show. Picture: Joshua Bartlett

Bruce Raines picks out his next bunch of flowers for an upcoming show. Picture: Joshua Bartlett

The Raines' dedication to agriculture has now been recognised by the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW.

They will receive a prestigious Champions of the RAS Award at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on April 15.

Mrs Raines said it was a great honour to receive the accolade.

"It gives us a little incentive to keep going," she said.

Mr Raines said the couple loved being part of the RAS.

"We love the RAS because of the people you meet and the circle of friends you make," he said.

RAS NSW president Robert Ryan congratulated the Raines couple on their award win.

Mr Ryan said the honour "epitomised" what the Royal Easter show was all about.

"It's about celebrating the people, pratices and produce of Australian agriculture. This award is a fantastic way to acknowledge that," he said.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show will run from April 12 to 23.