Blooming beautiful in Darfield

by Kent Caddick

Darfield is set to host one the country’s most prestigious flower shows next month.

The Darfield Recreation Centre will be the venue for this year’s South Island National Daffodil Show on the weekend of September 29 and 30.

The National Daffodil Society of New Zealand holds two national shows each spring, one in the North Island and the other in the South Island. The South Island Show is being organised by a group of local growers in conjunction with the Canterbury Horticultural Society. South Island Show organising committee chair, Trevor Rollinson, said the show will be a spectacle of colour with approximately 2,000 blooms exhibited from world-leading growers from around the country.

“On display will be hybrids of new colour and form, flowers that have never before been seen anywhere in the world,” Mr Rollinson said. “Various classes allow exhibitors to exhibit either just a single bloom or up to 36 flowers in collection classes.

“When blooms open in their garden, exhibitors pick the flowers and store them in the fridge where flowers can last for up to three weeks before being carefully transported to the show.”

Mr Rollinson said in support of the show there will be exhibitions from the Darfield Garden Club and the Sheffield Garden Club, while the Springston Floral Art Group is mounting a floral display in the foyer.

He said while many of the exhibitors will be long-time competitors, there is a chance for locals to be involved.

“There is an opportunity for the local community to participate in non-member classes with classes for three stems daffodils in one vase, one yellow petalled daffodil, one white petalled daffodil and one miniature daffodil.”

He said people can bring their flowers to the Darfield Recreation Centre either on the Friday afternoon prior to the competition or Saturday morning before 9am, and Daffodil Society members will be there to help with their entries.

“On Sunday afternoon a workshop open to the public will be given on growing daffodils,” Mr Rollinson said.

“Daffodils are not just the yellow flowers you see in clumps in parks and gardens, but come in all shapes, from the traditional yellow trumpets to flowers with white petalled and small red cups, to full double camellia-style flowers.

“Petal colours can be yellow, white green and pink and cups colour can vary from yellow, orange, red and pink.

If people want to enter the show, contact Judy Phimister on 03 693 7674 or email at gjphimister@xtra.co.nz.

The show will be open from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 29 and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Entry is $5 for an adult with no charge for children under 15 years.