Switching lily show to one-day event ‘fantastic’

Successful show . . . Otago Lily Society president Louise Ardley stands with some of the trophies presented at Saturday's show. PHOTO: GILLIAN VINE

Deciding to hold its annual show as a one-day event instead of two was a “fantastic” decision, Otago Lily Society president Louise Ardley said.

Despite some exhibitors saying lilies were late flowering this year, there was a larger-than-usual line-up at Forbury Park on Saturday, with numerous varieties and species of every type and colour across the lily spectrum, while sales tables attracted lots of buyers.

Des Poulson, of Timaru, judged the novice entries and brought some of his own lilies to exhibit in open classes. That paid off, as two of his entries were judged champion stem and reserve champion stem.

Guest judge of photography was Len Hoek, of Feilding.

The founder of New Zealand Bulbs, Mr Hoek is better known for his gladioli and tulips but is also a lily enthusiast.

consistently busy throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed by all members and enthusiastic members of the public,Ardley said.

Last year, the Otago Lily Society ran what it expected would be its last bulb sale but it was so successful that it had been decided to run another in May, in conjunction with the Dunedin Horticultural Society’s autumn show.