Giant flower at centre of museum fundraiser
Century old giant lilies will help raise funds for a Geraldine organisation dedicated to preserving items of a similar age.
The public can once again view the giant himalayan lilies at Orari Estate on Sunday as part of an annual fundraiser for the Geraldine Historical Museum.
Cardiocrinum giganteum, the giant himalayan lily, is the largest of any of the lily plants, and can grow up to 3.5m high.
Estate owner Rosie Morten said she, and her family, have been opening the garden, established in 1853, to the public for at least a decade.
While some of the lilies are still to open, Morten is positive there will be more out on the day.
‘‘Hot sunshine is worse for them because it burns the leaves,’’ she said.
Museum secretary Margaret Chapman said all money raised from the open day will go towards new displays to go into its extension.
Display themes include Geraldine’s history, Ma¯ ori history, bats, and the town’s former major department store.
The lilies will not be the only colour in the garden, as some of the rhododendrons, roses, and woodland plants will be out too.
‘‘It’s a nice, rambling country garden; it’s just fabulous to walk around,’’ Chapman said.
Adults are $10, and children free.