Riegelwood gardeners hold record for growing the tallest flower

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

RIEGELWOOD, NC (WECT) - Some area gardeners who have already received national attention for their tall, record breaking flowers are hoping to get recognition for three that were overlooked.

For the past six years, Melody Wagner and her fiance, Everett Wallace, have grown Zinnia Elgans.  The couple is already in the Guinness Book of World Records for growing a flower that stood 12'6" tall.

Now they're looking to get recognition for three records they say were overlooked.

"A man in Florida had grown one that was 8 foot 4 inches," said Melody.  "We broke his record with our 8 foot 8 inches, and then we broke our record with 12 foot 6 inches, and 12 foot 8 inches."

They received a certificate for the flower that was 12'8", but it was never documented in the record book, and the other two records were over-shadowed by the 12'6" flower.

Zinnia Elgans naturally reach up to 9', but the couple has a secret ingredient that helps their flowers grow a little taller.

"We have some special fertilizers and a few tricks that we use," said Melody.  "And what is that special fertilizers and those tricks?  Well we don't let all that out."

Everett's mother grew the flowers, so they continued her hobby after she passed away.

"It feels like part of her carries on," said Melody.  "It helps him. Whenever he was little they grew flowers. It's just a reminder to him of his mother, and he wanted to carry it on."

Melody and Everett mailed a video to the Guinness Book of World Records, hoping to get recognition for the three over-looked records.

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