Daffodils welcome spring
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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