Spring has well and truly arrived – not that you can always tell from the weather of late – and with it, Batlow’s Daffodil Fete.
A fundraiser for the Anglican Church, the fete is a celebration of both daffodils and community, with a big home-cooked lunch, stalls with second hand goods, and a wood raffle, along with the nearly 200 daffodils grown by local gardeners on display.
This year, Kris Mouat was awarded both Champion Flower and Most Successful Exhibitor.
She said her victories were the result of something simple: her love of flowers.
“I love gardening and I really enjoy flowers,” she said.
“[The fete] is also social and it’s a good fundraiser for the church, so there’s lots of reasons to get involved.
“When I got married I inherited my mother-in-law’s garden, and she had a lot of daffodils. So, I picked a heap of daffodils and brought them in and had no idea what I was doing, and now I’m here teaching the new ones.
“There’s so many different types of daffodils. People just think of a daffodil being a daffodil but there’s so many variations. They’re beautiful things, I love them.”
The daffodil fete has been running for over 50 years and is still going strong, with 15 exhibitors this year along with the many volunteers who assist putting it together.
“It used to be over in the Literary Institute many years ago, I can remember standing there and watching the snow coming down outside,” said one of the organisers, Heather Smith.
Keep an eye out next year for what will undoubtedly be another wonderful and colourful Daffodil Fete.