Daf­fodils wel­come spring

The Leader (Tasman) - - NEWS -

Spring will be cel­e­brated in style at the Hope Hall this weekend when the Na­tional Daf­fodil So­ci­ety holds its 87th South Is­land Na­tional Show weekend in con­junc­tion with the Bright­wa­ter Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety Spring Show.

Ex­hibitors will be com­ing from as far away as Win­ton and Hamil­ton to at­tend the show and to com­pete, along with lo­cal grow­ers, for top hon­ours. Judg­ing will take place on Satur­day morn­ing.

The re­gion is al­ready home to suc­cess­ful bloom breed­ers. Nga­ti­moti grow­ers Denise and Neil McQuar­rie trav­elled to Gis­borne ear­lier in the month for the North Is­land Na­tional Show where they won Cham­pion Bloom with a lovely large–cupped all white va­ri­ety, Bella Snow, bred by John Bux­ton of Hope.

This was their third cham­pion bloom in a row at na­tional level as they won cham­pion bloom at both the North and the South Is­land Shows last year.

‘‘There are plenty of other ex­hibitors com­ing to the show next weekend who would like to end our win­ning streak,’’ said Neil.

Com­pe­ti­tion is keen but good na­tured.

‘‘Daf­fodil en­thu­si­asts are a great bunch and like to help each other out, gen­er­ously shar­ing bulbs and grow­ing tips.’’

Other keen daf­fodil grow­ers from the area will be com­pet­ing, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned daf­fodil hy­bridists, John and Marie Hunter from Hope.

Daf­fodil en­thu­si­asts Arch Cr­erar from Stoke and Mike Smith from Motueka and oth­ers from the re­gion are sure to have some ex­cel­lent daf­fodils ready for the show. Satur­day from 1.30pm till 4.30pm and on Sun­day from 9.30am till 4pm. Ad­mis­sion is $4, school­child­ren free. Af­ter­noon teas will be avail­able and there will be sales stalls.

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