Gi­ant flower at cen­tre of mu­seum fundraiser

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS - Eleanor Rar­ity

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.

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