Tulip Day preparations almost complete

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The blooms are magnificent, the colours majestic and the crowds poised to descend upon Edendale for Tulip Day on Monday.

Planning is nearing completion for the 13th annual fundraising day at tulip grower Triflor in Seaward Downs Rd.

The event is held by the Edendale Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with Triflor, the Wyndham Pioneer Lions Club and Edendale scout group.

Triflor provides the bulbs ordered on the day.

Organising committee member Alison Caldwell said there would be 26 stalls in Triflor’s packing shed selling wares ranging from crafts and upcycled furniture to preserves such as chutney and pickles.

There would be about 33 varieties of tulips to choose from, she said.

Blooms of each variety would be on display in the packing shed, so people could choose and order bulbs.

There would be eftpos on hand when people ordered bulbs.

Tulips of all sizes, shapes and colours were ready for ordering.

Fellow committee member Jean Kirby said minibuses would be available to ferry people to the paddocks where the tulips are grown to view the sea of colour.

Inclement weather would not put a dampener on the day.

“Regardless of the weather, we’re carrying on,” Mrs Kirby said.

While there was no charge to attend the event, a gold-coin donation would be collected from those using the minibuses, she said.

It was an extremely successful event.

Last year 22,000 bulbs were sold on the day, she said.

The Pioneer Lions Club would have food available throughout the day.

This year the funds generated would go towards renovating the Edendale Presbyterian Church’s kitchen, Mrs Kirby said.

But not all the money would go to the church renovations, she said.

“We have started giving some of the money back to the community to help.”

Last year the Edendale scouts benefited financially from the day.

There would also be a variety of events for children such as face painting and hair braiding.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm on Monday, October 23.