Flower show with a twist

Te Anau Blue Duck Early Learning Centre children Violet Harden (3, left) and Amelia Meffan (4) with head teacher Laura Dalley during the centre's flower show last week.

BLUE Duck Early Learning Centre staff were disappointed the annual Te Anau District Flower Show was cancelled for the first time in its 53-year history, due to Covid-19 alert level restrictions.

So, they decided to hold the inaugural Blue Duck Early Learning Centre Flower Show.

Centre owner Tina Hardie said they decided to hold their own show so all the work which had been put into preparing for the Te Anau District Autumn Flower Show didn’t go to waste.

“It’s always so disappointing for children who don’t really understand why cancellations have to happen. We thought, have our own’ and all the children could then show their parents on drop off and pick up. We were so happy with the support we received.”

Head teacher Laura Dalley said the children could enter 11 classes in the show, with many parents, grandparents and friends coming to the centre to view the children’s entries.

A special invitation was sent to Te Anau Flower Shows Committee spokeswoman Judy Matthews, who said: “It was awesome and I was absolutely blown away by such a wonderful display the collage work using dried petals were delightful.

“The creative items using flowers, fruit and vegetables were just so inventive and a pleasure to view.”

It was a great credit to all those involved and she looked forward to seeing entries from the children at the Spring Show, Mrs Matthews said.

The committee was planning a plant stall at the Fiordland Sunday Market this weekend and to continue selling the show raffle.

“We will also have the Pot’ Daffodils available for distribution, to those keen to grow for the Spring Show in September 2021 and there will be a small charge. Weather permitting, we plan to have a display of dahlias for all to see,” she said.