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From bulbs to beauties

Hundreds of gorgeous daffodils from around the country will be on display in Gisborne at the North Island National Daffodil Society Show this weekend.

Poverty Bay Horticultural Society hosted the show in 2017 and offered to do it again this year at Showgrounds Park Event Centre.

“Gisborne is a very popular venue for those who come from out of town,” a Poverty Bay Horticultural Society spokeswoman said.

More than 40 daffodil growers from the North and South islands are carefully transporting their daffodils so they are in pristine condition for judging.

“Some of them bring more than 100 blooms — all sizes, and colours.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the varying types of daffodil from around the country. They aren’t all field daffodils, so it will be exciting to see the differences.

“When we hosted the show in 2017 Gisborne resident Darrin Lister won the non-members class and received a membership to the National Society and a bundle of daffodil bulbs as a prize. He has had them growing since then and had great success with some of them in our local show last month.

Darrin will be entering the novice section of the show this time.

Non-members are allowed to enter four different classes — three stems of daffodils staged in one vase, one stem of daffodil yellow petals, one stem of daffodil white petals and one stem of miniature daffodil.

There is also an open to all floral art section titled Double Delight with Daffodils, with prizes of $50 for first, $30 for second and $20 for third.

Poverty Bay Horticultural Society was in need of paint buckets for the sphagnum moss and help with draping the benches. It also required baked goods for morning and afternoon teas, with all other meals catered for.

Those who can help can call Dawne Abraham on 868 9932.

Gisborne man Darrin Lister grew these daffodils from bulbs he won at the 2017 North Island National Daffodil Show. Poverty Bay is once again hosting the daffodil show at Showgrounds Park Event Centre this weekend. Hundreds of daffodils of different varieties will be on display. Photo by Paul Rickard