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Tiger smells Bonfire at Ryder Cup

Tiger smells Bonfire at Ryder Cup

Bonfire Begonia at
Ryder Cup
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Tiger smells Bonfire at Ryder Cup

The flaming orange flower of Begonia Bonfire, developed by Crop & Food Research in New Zealand, is perfectly positioned in front of Kildare's K Club as the heat builds between Teams USA and Europe at the Ryder Cup.

The world's leading golfers, including Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie, walk past New Zealand's prize-winning garden plant on their way to tee-off.

Begonia Bonfire was developed by ornamental scientists at Crop & Food Research. It won the Merite Award at France's Courson 2005 garden show. Courson is France's equivalent to England's Chelsea Show.

Bonfire was developed from South American material brought to New Zealand in 1990 by Crop & Food Research's Stephan Halloy. Colleagues Richard Cross and Ed Morgan selected the material and secured Plant Variety Rights for Bonfire begonia. Work has continued on agronomy and
developing and selecting the most suitable cultivars for pot plants in consultation with marketers and the licensees, Australian-based company, Anthony Tesselaar International.

Bonfire was introduced to the New Zealand market about six years ago and to Australia in the last three years. This is Bonfire's first substantive season in Europe.


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