Sunflower Project 2017 Late Bloomers Winners!

The Daltons Late Bloomers Awards are part of the popular Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project and recognise kindergartens whose sunflower plants may have been affected by adverse conditions, such as the weather, or weren’t in bloom in December at the end of the main Project.

We are delighted announce the 2017 Late Bloomer winners are: Waihi Kindergarten and Central Kids Te Kuiti Kindergarten!

Waihi Kindergarten, part of Tauranga Region Kindergartens Association, took out the Late Bloomers Tallest Sunflower award with their sunflower plant measuring in at a huge 3.28 metres – the tallest ever grown in the competition!!
Head Teacher, Kate Mullaney, said; “We were all so excited about how much the sunflower grew over the holidays. Although the sunflower bloomed when the children weren’t here, they were absolutely amazed at how tall the sunflower was when they got back. Four-year-old Phoenix Chapman, who initially planted the seed commented “Whoa, I never knew a flower could grow that big!”. We are so thankful to Dalton’s for giving the children the opportunity to participate in this learning experience to sow a tiny seed, nurture the seedling, watch it grow (and grow and grow!!) and then bloom! What more authentic learning could you have to experience the wonder of nature, maths, science and lots of aroha!”.

Central Kids Te Kuiti Kindergarten, part of Central Kids Kindergartens Association, won the Late Bloomers Widest Sunflower Head award which was taken out by Koda Harris, who grew a 47cm wide sunflower head!
Head Teacher, Marianne Quinn, said; “The family who nurtured this fine sunflower specimen, especially over the hot summer holiday break, deserve huge praise and accolades for their persistence in providing the greatest conditions and love resulting in a winning, grinning head. Thank you to Daltons for enabling this challenge for our children to learn about environmental care and beauty, understanding the world of nature and nurture, and to experience excitement and surprise in what their efforts can present.”

The winning kindergartens will receive a Daltons prize pack with a range of products they can use in their gardens, plus a framed photo of their stunning sunflowers.

Tallest Sunflower Plant

Waihi Kindergarten, part of Tauranga Region Kindergartens Association, took out the Late Bloomers Tallest Sunflower award with their sunflower plant measuring in at a huge 3.28 metres – the tallest ever grown in the competition!!

Tallest Sunflower

Widest Sunflower Head

Central Kids Te Kuiti Kindergarten’s Koda Harris – a child at the kindy who grew a sunflower head of 47 cm wide at home.

widest Sunflower girl