Spring cheer on show

03:00, Oct 05 2012
Ron Abernathy
Ron Abernathy, of Dunedin, judges a display of daffodils at the Te Anau District Spring Flower Show.

Te Anau residents can cheer up with some ''smiley'' flowers at the Te Anau District Spring Flower Show today.

Despite the poor weather leading up to the annual event, organising committee spokeswoman Judy Matthews said the show was looking beautiful.

The daffodil section in particular was outstanding, and was bound to take people's minds off the gloomy weather.

''We've got a good display considering the weather. They're such beautiful, smiley flowers,'' she said.

Daffodil judges Ron Abernathy, of Dunedin, Alan Brown, of Waihola and Bill Cowie, of Southland, were looking for smoothness, symmetry, and ''a flower that looks at your face'', she said.

Entries in the cut flower section were up from last year, and local children had joined in the act, producing vegetable monsters, sandsaucers and artwork for the show, she said.

The flower show opened to the public at 2pm today in the Fiordland Community Events Centre and finishes at 3.30pm tomorrow. Entry costs $3

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