World Daffodil Conference 2020

17 to 21 September 2020

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

Draft Convention Program (current version 12 May 2018).

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 Click here or, alternatively, contact us by email Click here 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:
- Hybridising?
- New Daffodils in different countries
- Miniatures
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.