Otago Daily Times

Venue changes but tulips still tops

EDENDALE

- LUISA GIRAO Christianity · Religion · New Zealand · Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) · Lions Clubs International · Invercargill · Edendale

THE colours and bright­ness are among the rea­sons why tulips are the favourite flower of Mia Mur­doch.

For the past few years, the In­ver­cargill girl has vis­ited Tri­flor New Zealand Ltd’s an­nual tulip open day with mother Anna Mur­doch in Edendale on Labour Day.

How­ever, due to Covid­19, the event was shifted to Edendale Pres­by­te­rian Church where tulips were on dis­play yes­ter­day.

In­stead of tak­ing a minibus tour of Tri­flor’s tulip fields, peo­ple could pay for a he­li­copter ride and view the tulips from the air.

A back­drop was also in­stalled so vis­i­tors could take a snap ‘‘in the farm’’.

‘‘It is a good thing they cre­ated an al­ter­na­tive event as we can’t go to the ac­tual farm.

‘‘Hope­fully next year we can go again,’’ Mrs Mur­doch said.

Peo­ple could or­der bulbs which would be de­liv­ered next March.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Jean Kirby said usu­ally about 20,000 bulbs were sold at the day.

It was a fundraiser for the Edendale Pres­by­te­rian Church, Edendale Scouts and Wyn­d­ham Pi­o­neer Li­ons Club.

It was ex­pected fewer bulbs would be sold this year be­cause the event had to be re­lo­cated, but it was still re­ceiv­ing sup­port.

‘‘The peo­ple are com­ing along and [that] is the only thing we can ask for.’’

 ?? PHO­TOS: LUISA GIRAO ?? Trans­ported by tulips . . . (clock­wise from above) Anna Mur­doch takes a pic­ture of Emily Irvine (11, left) and Mia Mur­doch (6) at the Tri­flor’s tulip farm open day in Edendale yes­ter­day; event com­mit­tee mem­ber Jean Kirby poses with her favourite tulip ‘‘Foxtrot'’; Jill Hill and Karen Brier se­lect the tulip bulbs they will plant in their gar­den for next spring.
PHO­TOS: LUISA GIRAO Trans­ported by tulips . . . (clock­wise from above) Anna Mur­doch takes a pic­ture of Emily Irvine (11, left) and Mia Mur­doch (6) at the Tri­flor’s tulip farm open day in Edendale yes­ter­day; event com­mit­tee mem­ber Jean Kirby poses with her favourite tulip ‘‘Foxtrot'’; Jill Hill and Karen Brier se­lect the tulip bulbs they will plant in their gar­den for next spring.
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