Dedicated daffodil fan

Flower grower to showcase 50 exhibits

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 11:45 19/09/2012
Joan Jordan
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
Show co-founder and exhibitor Joan Jordan with some of her daffodils ready to be exhibited at this year’s Spring Flower Show and Arts Exhibition on Friday in Winton.

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When Joan Jordan takes a walk in her garden it can take hours.

That is because the dedicated daffodil fan now has 400 varieties she grows at her home near Winton.

She has been growing daffodils since she co-founded the Winton Spring Flower Show in 1982 and now has more than 400 varieties.

No-one knew much about daffodils and her mother-in-law was very fond of them, she said. So what's the secret to an award-winning daffodil?

Feed them, weed them and talk to them, she said.

This week, Mrs Jordan and other garden enthusiasts were gearing up for the 30th annual Spring Flower Show and Arts Exhibition in Winton.

She has dedicated about two hours a day in the leadup to the competition and will be showcasing 50 exhibits.

More than 1200 plant exhibits and pieces of local artwork will be on display.

The show will run on Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm and on Saturday between 9.30am and 4pm at the Winton Memorial Hall. Prizes will be awarded after 4pm on Saturday.

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