Celebration of sunflower glory

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:00 07/03/2014
Rachel Burton
MARTIN de RUYTER/Fairfax NZ

FLORAL GIANTS: Rachel Burton of Eyebright among the sunflowers that form the backdrop to the shop’s Sunflower Festival this weekend.

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Eyebright owner Peter Owen has been nurturing a field full of sunshine ahead of this weekend's Sunflower Festival.

He has planted about half a hectare of sunflowers in a paddock in front of the Richmond gift shop Eyebright that will celebrate their flowering with food, music, and an array of vintage gigs, buggies and wagons on display from engineer Dave Walker's nearby workshop.

The festival will also feature the "great crescendo" of an art exhibition by Tasman Visual Arts Group members. It will run from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Entries into Eyebright's sunflower art competition will be on view at the festival and people will be able to vote for their favourites. A prizegiving for the competition will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Mr Owen said a similar festival two years ago for the sweetcorn harvest had been a huge success, so he was keen to recreate the experience. He was excited about bringing local Clydesdale breeder Fergus O'Connor to the festival on Sunday afternoon so that he could examine the horse-drawn vehicles.

"He would almost certainly be the most experienced cart and wagon driver in New Zealand."

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