Tasman Leader : September 26th 2013
9 THE TASMAN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 NEWS 126 TRAFALGAR STREET NELSON PH 03 5467532. AND 217 QUEEN STREET RICHMOND SALE Shoes up to 50% off MGP scooters 20% off All sunglasses 30% off Clothing up to 50% off Havaianas jandles 20% off 5632716AA Daffodils welcome spring Dream job: Champion daffodil breeder Denise McQuarrie with husband Neil McQuarrie and Daisy the dog in her 40,000 daffodil blooms ''field of dreams'' at their Ngatimoti home Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN Spring will be celebrated in style at the Hope Hall this weekend when the National Daffodil Society holds its 87th South Island National Show weekend in conjunction with the Brightwater Horticultural Society Spring Show. Exhibitors will be coming from as far away as Winton and Ham- ilton to attend the show and to compete, along with local growers, for top honours. Judging will take place on Saturday morning. The region is already home to successful bloom breeders. Ngati- moti growers Denise and Neil McQuarrie travelled to Gisborne earlier in the month for the North Island National Show where they won Champion Bloom with a lovely large--cupped all white var- iety, Bella Snow, bred by John Buxton of Hope. This was their third champion bloom in a row at national level as they won champion bloom at both the North and the South Island Shows last year. There are plenty of other exhibitors coming to the show next weekend who would like to end our winning streak,'' said Neil. Competition is keen but good natured. Daffodil enthusiasts are a great bunch and like to help each other out, generously sharing bulbs and growing tips.'' Other keen daffodil growers from the area will be competing, including internationally renowned daffodil hybridists, John and Marie Hunter from Hope. Daffodil enthusiasts Arch Crerar from Stoke and Mike Smith from Motueka and others from the region are sure to have some excellent daffodils ready for the show. The show is open to the public on Saturday from 1.30pm till 4.30pm and on Sunday from 9.30am till 4pm. Admission is $4, schoolchildren free. Afternoon teas will be available and there will be sales stalls. Bush kids: A group of Henley School pupils at the end of their day in Coronation Forest. Photo: SUPPLIED Friends with the forest More than 100 children from Hen- ley School, and their teachers, parents and grandparents spent the day at Coronation Forests ear- lier this month, in an annual event organised by Nelson Forests Ltd. The children planted tree see- dlings, went on a guided conser- vation walk in an area of pres- erved native bush in the plantation forest, and visited a harvesting crew at work. The annual visit tradition was established 60 years ago by the Forest Service to commemorate the coronation of Queen Eliza- beth. Though many of the boys' main ambition for the day was to find and eat a huhu grub, the children were impressed with the effort required to dig a hole and plant a seedling on a slope and by the machinery -- particularly the War- atah processing head -- used by the Boar Logging crew. Nelson Forests' harvest planner Richard Kouwenhoven said the annual Coronation Forest school visits were an opportunity to show local children what forestry was about and also to encourage them to learn more about our native forests so that we can all protect and nurture those areas. Kevan Buck Forestry Services' Rex Marshall guided the children on their walk through the Conser- vation Grove. He showed them how to identify trees, how to be more aware of birdlife and plant life in the native forest environment, encouraged them to taste honeydew and showed then how to untangle themselves from a plant known as bush lawyer''.
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