Helping Grow a Generation of Gardeners
The 2023 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project launched on the 21 August 2023
Since its inception in 2013, thousands of Kindergarten children nationwide have taken part in the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project which encourages Kindy kids to become the next generation of gardeners.
The project runs biennially and this year 13,795 children through 277 kindergartens across 11 kindergarten associations are taking part. It has been stem again stem, flower against flower, as the Kindergartens compete regionally to grow the tallest, or widest, sunflower - whilst learning gardening skills for life.
This year we have kept the homegrown sunflower award which we introduced during the pandemic, giving children an opportunity to grow their own at home and share their gardening skills with family. We hope all the particpating tamariki from Kindergartens and Centres have fun and learn some valuable gardening skills along the way!
- Register before Friday 30 June 2023 (registrations are now closed)
- Project started Monday 21 August 2023
- Submit Final photos and measurements by project end date Monday 11 December 2023
Regional Kindergarten Associations
- The Tallest Sunflower Award
- The Widest Sunflower Head Award
- Prize packs for each of the regional winners
- Prize Draw for all participating kindergartens
- Best Photo Award – prize for winning photo
- Daltons Best Little Gardener prize for each Kindergarten (included in your starter pack)
- Tallest Homegrown Sunflower Award
Late Bloomers Awards
About the Project
The Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project is a much-loved initiative designed to empower a generation of gardeners and provides an opportunity for children to win prizes for their kindergarten along the way. At the heart of the project lies Daltons' goal to spark children’s interest and grow a passion for gardening. The project provides a platform for children to learn gardening skills and a basic understanding of plants by sowing seeds, learning about germination, caring for seedlings, planting them out and daily care of their plant, and much more.
The tallest sunflower grown nationally since the project’s inception was a giant 3.41 metres and the widest sunflower head was 35 cm across.
Thank you to our Sponsors
A huge thank you to our sponsors, Kings Seeds, The Warehouse and GARDENA who join us again this year and help make this project possible.
Kings Seeds have been a partner of the project since its inception and supply Sunflower Skyscraper Seeds - without them we have no project!
The Warehouse has been a valued project partner since 2013 and generously donate vouchers for our winner’s prize packs.
GARDENA kindly donate one of their fantastic watering nozzles into our winner’s prize packs.
*This Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project is only running in selected regions of New Zealand for 2023 in participating kindergarten associations. For more information, please review the project terms and conditions here.