Flower fans flock to annual Te Anau show

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Te Anau Spring Flower Show member Wendy Jenks (left) presents Te Anau Spring Flower Show chairwoman Judy Matthews the Te Anau Spring Flower Show Cup Intermediate Section for the Most Points Daffodil Collection Classes. Photo: Liz Newell

THE 47th Te Anau Spring Flower Show attracted locals and visitors alike to check out the displays.

Many exhibitors come from as far away as Christchurch, Boggyburn, Waihola, Mossburn, Winton and Invercargill.

Te Anau Spring Flower Show Committee spokeswoman Judy Matthews said: “There were over 1800 stems of daffodils, which was a similar number to last year and 150 for the cut flowers section. The Novice Section entries were up, reflecting interest from a few new exhibitors increasing the numbers.”

Despite the polar blast, which brought snow and wind on the Tuesday before the show, numbers through the door were good, she said.

Daffodil in Show belonged to Betty and Bill Cowie, of Boggyburn, near Winton, for the second year, with their entry “Aloof”.

They also took the Overall Award with four coveted trophies of the Open section including the Most Points Cup, Kapiti Trophy, Malroze Trophy-Fiordland Championship, and Most Points Collection Classes.

Mr Cowie began exhibiting at the Te Anau Spring Flower Show in 1998 and judging at the shows in 2011. His status as a grower began in 2002.

He was pleased to have picked his entries before the polar blast struck as other blooms in his garden were flattened by snow and hail, he said.

The Collection Class Betty Dodds Memorial Medal was won by Lynette Foster, of Isla Bank, who also won the Most Points Cup in the Novice Section.

Mandy Abernethy won the Overall Award in the Intermediate Section, including the Most Points Cup, Collection Class AB Daffodil Trophy and local exhibitor Glasinock Trophy.

Most Points Collection Classes was won by Judy Matthews.

“Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and effort to make the show happen and created an amazing event for the area, with the largest display of daffodils in New Zealand on show.”

The committee was also thankful for the assistance from Scouts Te Anau, who helped with the setup and pack up, Mrs Matthews said.

  • The Te Anau Flower Show Committee would host the South Island National Show in Te Anau on September 25 and 26, 2021, with up to 35 exhibitors from throughout New Zealand attending.
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