Reid Park Kindergarten children (from left) Levi Nicol (4), Freya Stevenson (4) and Sam Pool (3) see how much their sunflower seeds have grown in the past week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Mosgiel has a reputation for being a couple of degrees warmer
than Dunedin, but now Reid Park Kindergarten children are
attempting to grow its reputation as one of the sunniest
towns in New Zealand.
They are among thousands of kindergarten children throughout
New Zealand participating in the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindy
The children have planted the Kings Seeds Sky Scraper variety
of sunflower, which can grow up to 5m high and produce
flowers with faces 45cm in diameter.
Reid Park Kindergarten head teacher Julia Cormack said for
some of the children, it was the first time they had ever
grown anything, and excitement was growing among them.
''We thought it would be a great learning programme for the
''And we're hoping to bring a bit more sunshine to Mosgiel,''
Final measurements will be submitted on December 3 and there
will be the chance to win a range of prizes.