TOM Dahlenburg took out 11 awards including the Champion of Champions ribbon at the South Island National Chrysanthemum Show 2018 held at the Fiordland Community Events Centre in Te Anau.
Mr Dahlenburg had 11 out of 16 vases at the top table.
Mr Dahlenburg has been competing in chrysanthemum competitions since he was 8 years old, and said he still got a buzz out of winning the Champion of Champions ribbon with his bronze “Gigantic”.
He won reserve champion with another bloom of the same variety at the North Island National Show in Hamilton a week previously.
Charlotte Robb, of Christchurch, won Reserve Champion at the Te Anau show.
Marie Thomas, a Te Anau grower/exhibitor of more than 30 years, took the Most Points in the Intermediate section and won a champion award for one of her blooms.
Exhibitors came from Christchurch, Ashburton, Temuka, Invercargill and Te Anau. The show was hosted by the Te Anau Spring Flower Show Committee and was the first time the competition had been held in Te Anau.
It included a local show, which was well supported in floral art, cut flowers, cupcakes and vegetable creation classes.
The Chrysanthemums Society had given the Te Anau committee potted charms and chrysanthemum blooms from the disbuds to be grown for the local competition.
Noeline Taylor took out first, second and third prizes in the single bloom with her lilac “Fantasy”. She was also first with her potted charms, with Betty Dodds second and Marion Hollows third.
Mr Dahlenburg, the NZ Chrysanthemums Society president and Invercargill Chrysanthemum Club president, said: “The hosts organised a magnificent show and the hospitality was fantastic, with their reputation intact of running good garden shows.”
Michael Coulter, a grower/exhibitor of Christchurch, presents NZ Chrysanthemums Society president and Invercargill Chrysanthemum Club president Tom Dahlenburg, of Otautau, with his Champion of Champions Ribbon for his bloom, bronze “Gigantic”.