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Ice age weather stunts Wellington’s Tulip Sunday

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Uncategorized

WELLINGTON’S Tulip Sunday is due this weekend – but most of the stars may be missing.

Tulip growth at the Wellington Botanic Gardens has been stunted as a result of recent snow and hail.

The tulips were certainly affected by the “once-in-a-lifetime” snow in August, says the  garden’s visitor services officer, Charmaine Scott.

They are grown as part of the annual two-week Spring Festival.

The tulips then took a second beating on September 13 when Wellington experienced an unusually fierce hail storm.

“The hail storm made big holes in the leaves,” says Ms Scott

She says the tulips are just starting to bloom at the moment.

When asked whether the tulips will be in full bloom for Sunday she reveals that she can’t speak for that.

You cannot always be sure what plants will do.”

Rugby makes its mark on this year’s festival with the beds paying tribute to participating countries in the world cup.

Flowers – including tulips – have been positioned to represent the countries’ flags.

Ms Scott says the Australian flag is “doing great” and the South African Flag is “very colourful”.

The flags, she says are “all part of a cunning plan” to draw RWC visitors to the gardens.

This year’s Tulip Sunday kicks off with music in the Soundshell at 11am and Councillor Helen Ritchie and Dutch Ambassador Arie van der Wiel will speak at midday.

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