BY MARGARET PHILLIPS
It has been a perfect growing season for tulips and it is shaping up to be perfect viewing at the annual Triflor New Zealand tulip open day.
The tulip bulb producer is joining forces with the Edendale Presbyterian Church, Wyndham Pioneer Lions Club and Edendale Scout group to host the annual fundraiser.
This will be the 12th consecutive annual open day.
Triflor provides the bulbs ordered on the day for the fundraiser.
Co-ordinator Jean Kirby said although it was hard to estimate how many people attended the open days but she thought there would be more than 1000.
“They keep coming,” Mrs Kirby said.
This year five vans would ferry people to view the tulips in the paddocks, Mrs Kirby said.
“We had four last year and we couldn’t cope,” she said.
A gold coin fee for travelling in the minivans would go to the Scouts.
Visitors would be able to view more 30 varieties of tulip blooms in the packing shed.
Tulips of all sizes, shapes and colours were ready for ordering.
As well as being able to order tulip bulbs, people will be able to shop at more than 20 stalls. There would be plenty of craft stalls as well as stalls selling soap, baking and sweets, she said.
The Lions would run a cafe, she said.
This year funds would go toward renovations at the church. Because Edendale did not have a town hall any longer the church hall was used a lot more, Mrs Kirby said.
Organisers were keen to continue renovations.
Last year proceeds were used to install double glazing at the hall.
Triflor New Zealand operational manager Rudi Verplancke said it had been a good growing season for tulips so far, “as long as the hail and winds stay away”.
Tulips were flowering earlier than usual, he said.