Get planting for Easter as county daffodil show looms

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South Holland’s reputation as the daffodil-growing capital of Lincolnshire will get a major boost when it hosts a 100-year-old flower show next month.

Lincolnshire Daffodil Society is hosting its annual Spring Flower Show at Springfields Event Centre on April 13 and 14 when more than 40 classes of daffodils, tulips and pot plants will be on display.

This year sees the 104th staging of the show and the second at Springfields after taking over as hosts in 2012.

David Norton, chief executive of Springfields Horticultural Society which includes its Festival Gardens, said: “Essentially, we’re hosting the show to help celebrate daffodil growing in the region and it replaces a previous horticultural show we used to have here.

“We’d like to encourage people in creating entries for the show and they needn’t be afraid of them not being specially grown for the competition.

“It can be a favourite plant from the garden which they can cut and bring along to the show.

“There’s also a photographic competition which is opportunity for anybody to go out into their garden and take a picture of some daffodils grown locally.”

Lincolnshire Daffodil Society was founded in 1902 and the show celebrated its centenary in Spilsby four years ago before moving to Springfields last year to help promote Spalding as the centre of the daffodil bulb growing industry.

Mr Norton said: “There are opportunities for children, teenagers and adults to take part in the show and because Springfields is a larger venue, we can attract more people.”

Gill Boldy, vice president of Lincolnshire Daffodil Society, said: “We’re trying to revive a splendid Lincolnshire institution and show that growing daffodils is both rewarding and fulfilling.”

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