Tulip open day is a blaze of colour
Bloomin' heckLAUREN HAYES
Brilliant blooms lit up a drizzly Labour Day for hundreds of Southlanders at the Triflor tulip open day.
The annual event, held at the Triflor tulip bulb factory near Edendale yesterday, was a chance for the public to get among the company's tulips and support fundraising stalls selling crafts and baking.
Triflor manager Rudi Verplancke said the open day, now in its ninth year, had continued to grow in popularity, attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia and Croatia.
Despite the "awful" weather, Mr Verplancke estimated at least 500 people attended.
"It's only one day a year that they can really see the tulips and they can go around the paddocks and learn more about them."
Proceeds from bulbs sold would be donated to the Edendale Presbyterian Church, he said.
Gore residents Cathy Matheson and Loyola and John Williams were among the visitors, travelling out to the tulips with Mary Murphy, of Adelaide.
Mrs Williams said the group had visited the open day to buy tulip bulbs and see the "absolutely beautiful" flowers.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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