Best bloomers head for daffodil show

JARED SMITH
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2011
Palmerston North's Brian Mackenzie setting up for the 85th North Island National Daffodil Society Show in Hawera being held at the weekend.
JARED SMITH
BLOOMING LOVELY: Palmerston North's Brian Mackenzie setting up for the 85th North Island National Daffodil Society Show in Hawera being held at the weekend.

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It was a late season but the best blooms have still flourished in time for the 85th North Island National Daffodil Society Show in Hawera this weekend.

Set up in the Hawera Community Centre, it is the first time the annual show has been held in the town since 1989.

Organiser Spud Brogden, of Normanby, said exhibitors were coming from as far away as Dunedin and Hamilton.

"The season is a little bit late but everybody seems to have a good number of flowers.

"The public will see [amazing] flowers ... they probably never realised that daffodils can be like that. The colour combinations and the different types of flowers. Miniatures are very popular now."

There will also be a category named after Mr Brogden's father, the late Bill Brogden, who was the first person from the southern hemisphere inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame for his gladioli flowers.

"We've got a special class to honour him with the flowers he has bred. Same as horses, you breed the good ones," Mr Brogden said.

"There's entries for that from all over New Zealand as well."

The show is open to the public from 1.15pm today, and tomorrow from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

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