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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4 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.