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President wins her own trophy again

A seasoned Gisborne gardener won the top prize in the Poverty Bay Horticultural Society 2018 awards . . . for the sixth time.

President Gillian Coates, 79, won the most overall points, champion of champion iris, and champion of daffodils to take home the Coates Trophy, which was donated by Mrs Coates in 2007.

She submitted multiple entries at shows held in Gisborne.

“I had a number of entries which took out two sections in the iris and rose show,” Mrs. Coates says.

“It only takes one entry to win . . . I do not get upset if I don’t win.”

Mrs Coates says she has a lot planned for this year’s daffodil and rose and iris shows.

“My daffodil bulbs hanging up are going to be repotted for the show in August — it’s a big job.

“I’ll need at least 100 bags of potting mix to get the daffodils ready.”

She is very excited about Gisborne hosting the national daffodil show for the sixth time this year.

“There will be at least 1500 entries. Everybody loves coming to Gisborne because of the hospitality and we have the best hall (Showgrounds Event Centre) in New Zealand to host it.”

Mrs Coates is, however, concerned about the future of the PBHS.

“It might not be around in two or three years,” says Mrs Coates.

“People don’t come forward to join in because they are always so busy and not interested in gardening,” she says.

The society is holding its annual meeting on Sunday, February 10, at Mrs Coates’ home at 73 Ormond Road.

Anybody interested in gardening or floral art is welcome to attend.

Mrs Coates has iris plants available to buy for $3.

BUSY WITH BULBS: Poverty Bay Horticultural Society president Gillian Coates stands proudly in her workshop while holding the Coates Trophy for most overall points and surrounded by hundreds of daffodil bulbs. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell