Lincolnshire’s daffodil bulb and the local flower growing heritage is to be celebrated.
The Lincolnshire Daffodil Society in association with Springfields Horticultural Society is organising its 106th daffodil competition and spring flower show for Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19.
The show will take place at Springfields Events Centre in Spalding and includes competitions for daffodil enthusiasts, schools and other groups.
Bulbs have been sent out to schools and brownie groups in advance of the contest, but the spring bulb is also an important industry for South Holland.
Alison Pratt at the NFU says Lincolnshire grows more than 40 per cent of England’s cut flowers and bulbs, and Johnny Walkers, manager of the mail order division of Taylors Bulbs, says it’s “a very important industry”.
He said: “Not only are we selling daffodil bulbs throughout the country, we are also exporting considerably amounts and at the moment everybody is flat out picking flowers to send out to supermarkets, regional markets and all over the place, so it’s a very important industry and it still brings in a substantial income and of course creates a lot of work for people.”
The Spring Flower & Gardening Show also contains classes for digital photography and painting entries and fun competitions for pallet gardens, veggie sculptures and veggie mosaics.
Other exhibits and displays will include a landscaped show garden entered by the gardening team from Springfields Festival Gardens, and a display of bowls of daffodils from Chelsea gold winners, Walkers Bulbs.
The show is open both days from 10am-4pm and entry is £1 (accompanied children under 16 free). Details from 01775 724843, 01526 888229 or lincsdaffodil.co.uk