First-timers take top daffodil prize

23:05, Sep 12 2010
Prize petals: The Spence family, of Grassmere, from left, Lane, April, 10, Maree, and Leighton, 7, admire the blooms at the Marlborough Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday.

Rex and Barbara Bright, of Blenheim, won the horticultural society's champion award for best daffodil at the Marlborough Horticultural Society and Camellia Society Spring Show at the weekend.

The show was held in St Christopher's Church Hall in Redwoodtown.

Maree Spence, who visited the show with her husband and children, said her husband and children had 11 premier blooms on the prize table. Mr Spence and his two children entered the show for the first time. The children's exhibits were the first batch of blooms from their garden, which they set up at the start of the season.

They have more daffodils at home and will enter the Awatere and Flaxbourne Combined Churches Flower Show tomorrow.

The show will be held at the Awatere Memorial Hall from 1.30pm.

April said they had to look after the plants and keep away insects such as bumblebees, which ate the flowers.

Her dad had shown her and brother Leighton to look for smooth petals and symmetrical flowers to exhibit in shows, she said.

She enjoyed flower shows, she said. "They are really pretty and colourful and you get trophies."


The Marlborough Express