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Diamond year for daffodils

SET to celebrate a momentous milestone this August, the Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show is sure to be in full bloom once again.

Now in its 60th year, the show is rated amongst some of the best horticultural events in the state and further afield on a national plain, drawing visitors to South Gippsland from far and wide to celebrate daffodils in all their glory.

This year the show will be hosted by renowned television presenter and writer Stephen Ryan, who will open the ceremony on Thursday, August 25 at Memorial Hall.

The Daffodil Show will not be held in conjunction with the National Daffodil Championships and will therefore be held earlier in the flowers’ season for 2016, a preferential time for growers and breeders.

Sue Thompson, president of the Leongatha Horticultural Society and secretary of the Victorian Daffodil Society, said she planned to step down from her managerial role but chose to see the festival through it’s big birthday.

“This year marks the festival’s diamond anniversary and Sue has done so much for the event over the years. She deserved to stay on to celebrate her achievements,” fellow horticultural society member Margaret Fox said.

The festival will once again comprise of a three day program stacked with events and activities throughout the town. Local green thumbs will also welcome guests into their gates for a series of open gardens across the weekend.

“The whole community comes together for this event. We will be working with the local primary schools in a range of activities and local shop owners can once again compete for the shop window competition with a ‘daffodils and diamonds’ theme to commemorate the 60th year,” Ms Thompson said.

The Leongatha Daffodil Festival will be followed by a Green Patch event in September with heritage bulbs available.

Flourishing events: from left, Leongatha Horticultural Society’s Sue Thompson and Margaret Fox are preparing for another exciting year with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival booked to bloom in late August.

Flourishing events: from left, Leongatha Horticultural Society’s Sue Thompson and Margaret Fox are preparing for another exciting year with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival booked to bloom in late August.

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