Daffodil show welcomes spring in Winton

BEST IN SHOW: Lesley Ramsay, of Koanga Daffodils, with her champion and reserve champion blooms at the South Island National Daffodil show held at Central Southland College, Winton, at the weekend.
BEST IN SHOW: Lesley Ramsay, of Koanga Daffodils, with her champion and reserve champion blooms at the South Island National Daffodil show held at Central Southland College, Winton, at the weekend.

Daffodils were at the centre of a double act at Winton's Central Southland College at the weekend.

Winton Garden Club played host to two shows featuring the spring blooms, the Winton Garden Club Spring Show and the for the first time the South Island National Daffodil Society Show.

Convener Daphne Batt said the local show attracted 49 entries in various classes, in what she called an excellent show.

The show was widely supported in the community and children from Winton's primary schools, St Thomas' and Winton School, also contributed artwork to the show held in the college's gymnasium, she said.

Meanwhile, in the Central Southland College hall the competition was stepped up a notch at the South Island nationals.

National Daffodil Society president Lesley Ramsay said more than 30 growers had entered from as far north as Hamilton, Gisborne, Taranaki, Wellington and across the South Island.

Getting the blooms flown south was no mean feat, Mrs Ramsay said with growers going to great lengths to protect their prize blooms.

The show followed its North Island counterpart held three weeks ago in Hamilton and several overseas contingents, from California and Pittsburgh, in the United States, and Ireland, had followed the show south this year, she said.

Mrs Ramsay, who operates Koanga Daffodils with her husband Peter won the Champion Bloom category with a variety called Cameo, and reserve champion with their Dail Manach. Koanga daffodils are grown in Gordonton and Matangi, near Hamilton.

The Southland Times