Years of dedication have earned Levin's Avis Barrie national recognition in the field of floral arts. But there's a tragic tale behind her hard graft, and it's all to do with one of Horowhenua's darkest days. Janine Baalbergen reports.

The most prestigious prize in New Zealand floral arts has made its way to Levin.

Horowhenua Floral and Garden Club foundation member Avis Barrie was presented the Muriel De Stefano Trophy during the national conference of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand, which was held in Palmerston North recently.

The trophy is given for diligence and dedication to floral art.