Two Marlborough kindergartens have grown award-winning sunflowers.
Mayfield Kindergarten, in Blenheim, and Picton Kindergarten were recognised in the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindys project.
Mayfield Kindergarten won the regional award for the combined effort of all 25 pupils, and a Picton Kindergarten pupil grew the tallest sunflower entered in the competition in Marlborough.
Mayfield Kindergarten teacher Lyn Stark said the children thought it was fantastic having the best sunflowers in Marlborough.
"Some of the children went home and told their parents they grew the best sunflowers in the world," she said.
They won a workshop by TV personality and award winning landscape designer Xanthe White.
The children and parents were very excited that she would be visiting the school sometime early next year, Ms Stark said.
At Picton Kindergarten, 4-year-old Charlie Suthers' sunflower grew to 113cm and was the tallest of any grown in the Marlborough competition. It was even taller than him, Charlie said.
Picton Kindergarten head teacher Sue Timpany said Charlie got really into the competition, he checked on his sunflower often and drew lots of pictures of it.
The aim of the project was to give pupils an opportunity to plant and take care of their own seeds, she said.
"Each pupil had a seed to grow at school for the competition and one to take home both in biodegradable pots that were supplied by the programme," she said.
They had to measure and photograph their sunflowers.
About 14,590 children participated in the national competition.
Daltons general manager Colin Parker said the project was more about giving preschool children the opportunity to learn gardening skills than winning prizes.
The weather provided a challenge for some, but he was impressed with how enthusiastic schools were, he said.
- The Marlborough Express