Andrew Carrington, Australia

2020 World Daffodil Convention

May 12, 2018

Category: Shows

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2020 World Daffodil Convention Draft Program – 17 to 21 September 2020


Canberra, Australia

Hosted by the Daffodil Association of NSW and ACT and the Horticultural Society of Canberra

Refer to National Daffodil Association of Australia web site or Daffodil Association of NSW/ ACT Facebook   

We have the outline of the weekend prepared and have started discussions with venues.

At this stage it would help us immensely in finalising the program if you could express your interest in attending.  This will allow us to put the various elements of the program together and to develop appropriate final costings etc.

If you can please fill in the form or, alternatively, contact us by email we can take your preference into account in finalising the program and send you updated information as it becomes available.

For Canberra the weekend will look something like:

 Thursday 17 September Daffodil Show staging

A chance to get the flowers to the hall and a chance to talk with other attendees as they stage their flowers.

Tea and coffee will be available

Friday 18 September Staging judging and looking at show

Staging to be completed, and judging undertaken.

Lunch following judging

The afternoon will be a chance to look over the show at its best, and take the photos you want to take.

For those who want to escape the hall and/or are not involved in the judging there will be time to visit other local attractions (and there are plenty to see ranging from parliament house, the national art galleries, Australian war memorial, Museum of Australia etc.)

Informal Dinner

Saturday 19 September

Morning seminars – possibilities include


New Daffodils in different countries


Afternoon: Floriade and tulip farm visits and / or trips to local daffodil growers

Dinner and presentations

A more formal dinner with presentations of awards from the show and, hopefully, an entertaining speaker.

Sunday 20 September

Local attractions/ national institution visits / trip to local daffodil plots

Farewell Dinner

Monday 21 September – trip to Bowral and visit to daffodil grower

Head to Sydney, Canberra or home


Pre convention tour

There is a pre conference tour proposed of Tasmania and Victoria

Draft proposed program

Wednesday 9th September – Guests fly in – Registration and Welcome Dinner

Thursday 10th – Bus trip to Acton to see Mike Temple-Smith Memorial Garden – cup of tea/coffee

Visit Richmond Historic Village then lunch at Coal Valley winery

Afternoon visit to Maree Johnston’s garden at Otago Bay

Dinner – Asian Restaurant on the wharf

Friday 11th – Hobart Horticultural Daffodil and Camellia Show, Hobart Town Hall

Judges invited in the morning.

Bus to Royal Tasmanian Botanical gardens for those not judging.

Lunch at the Gardens or the Town Hall

Afternoon visit to the Daffodil Show

Evening reception – Government House if possible or Lord Mayor at Town Hall.

Saturday 12th– Free Day if guests have plans to visit elsewhere, or suggested

Morning visit to Salamanca Market, Battery point Historic village. Own lunch

Afternoon ferry trip to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) – a truly unique experience. Return to city by ferry.

Dinner at Hotel

Sunday 13th – Bus trip to Southern gardens, including ‘Woodbank’ (rare trees, camellias, bulbs etc.)

Lunch at Huonville -other gardens to be decided.

Farewell dinner

Monday 14th – Guest fly out to Melbourne.

Visits to daffodil properties and other attractions in Victoria

Thursday 17th or Friday 18th – guests fly to Canberra


Post Convention Tour

A Post Convention tour in the South Island of New Zealand is being proposed after the Convention. The tour will be of about ten days and will include the NZNDS South Island show and possible visits to Nelson and to closer daffodil properties. This will be a wonderful opportunity to add value to your Down Under experience.

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10 Responses to 2020 World Daffodil Convention

  1. Ceci Brown, Virginia
    May 12, 2018 at 4:55 am

    I’m considering it. Ceci Brown. Curious will there be a trip to David
    Jackson’s gardens?

  2. Darrin Ellis-May, Georgia
    Darrin Ellis-May, Georgia
    May 12, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Andrew, I am very interested in this trip. A couple of problems with the form, and you may just want to get an idea, at this point, of attendance interest. I was not able to put in my full address. Also my husband may join the trip for the New Zealand portion, but there was no way I could add that.

  3. Andrew Carrington, Australia
    Andrew Carrington, Australia
    May 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Ceci,

    I believe David and Robyn Jackson have downsized and sold off a large part of their commercial daffodil farm.  I did hear they kept the land around their home and that the exhibition daffodils had been moved there.  I’m sure the organisers of the pre-convention tour with look to include a visit to the property if it is possible.  If you register via the form, even as a maybe, you will be added to a mail list and kept up-to-date with progress.



  4. Andrew Carrington, Australia
    Andrew Carrington, Australia
    May 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Darrin,

    Thanks for the feedback on the form,  I’ll pass it on to the organisers to have it updated.



  5. Owen Davies, Tasmania Australia
    May 28, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Hi everyone.I have been breeding daffodils for twenty years.I still have every single seedling that I have ever bred!–(some real junk I can assure you!)They are bred from Glenbrook Jackson Radcliff Heritage and many American English and Northern Ireland and Dr Mike Temple Smith flowers.It is my goal to get my farm ready for a few visitors in 2020! –As my farm is late flowering–(it faces the Antarctic)–in a dark narrow valley south of Hobart Tasmania–it may be best to come to Tasmania after the world convention.For those of you visiting Tasmania for the Hobart Show prior to Canberra you will be very welcome to visit–I will try hard to get some early blooms out for you.Ideally you might like to visit Hobart for a couple of days after Canberra and before New Zealand. Anyway just an invitation to anyone interested in daffodils.I may also be able to show you some heritage plantings in my area in addition to my stuff.Cheers Owen Davies. Contact me on Facebook at Daffodilerie–or at Owen Geoffrey Davies on Facebook!

  6. Andrew Carrington, Australia
    Andrew Carrington, Australia
    June 1, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    New WDC 2020 logo.

  7. Andrew Carrington, Australia
    Andrew Carrington, Australia
    June 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Owen,

    I’m from Canberra but am hoping to be able to visit Tassy as part of the tour, I’ve never actually been.  Thanks for the invite :-).



  8. Margaret Seconi, New Zealand
    Margaret Seconi, New Zealand
    June 1, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for that.

  9. David Adams, New Zealand
    June 2, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Check my post of May 13th. There I indicate the outline of the 2020 post Convention tour of New Zealand. As stated we will be in Minneapolis next year with full details and registration forms available. Aaron will be in Scotland for the next three weeks so after that we will get together and will prepare an expression of interest document.

  10. Darrin Ellis-May, Georgia
    Darrin Ellis-May, Georgia
    June 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Dave, I look forward to updates and to seeing you all in Minneapolis!