Friday, 21 January 2011

Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail

Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail, Waikanae, 29 January 2011 – 30 January 2011, 10am - 5pm. Adults $15 from the Ticket Kiosk, Cnr Te Moana and Koromiko Rds, Waikanae.

If you would like to experience some of Waikanae’s most stunning gardens put the 29th and 30th January 2011 in your calendar now as the Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail is on again and will be just as enjoyable as last year.

Thirteen stunning town and beach gardens in Waikanae will be on display in this summer’s Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail that is being held the weekend following Wellington Anniversary Day to avoid the congestion of holiday traffic.

This summer’s Garden Trail provides a rare opportunity to view exceptional gardens ranging from attractive cottage gardens to enchanting compact town and beach gardens to spacious lifestyle retreats with expansive lawns and special features. One of the really outstanding gardens in this year's Trail is that of George and Mickey Ritchie who have a two acre property featuring extensive and colourful flower beds, mature trees and lawns as well as a wonderful lake and very interesting bush walk. The Trail also includes the garden of Frank and Vicki Boffa with its large lake and wonderful “water garden”.

The annual Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail has been a very popular event for garden lovers throughout the lower North Island and has raised in excess of $360,000 for many charities. This year the funds raised will be donated to the Wellington Free Ambulance, Kapiti Urgent Community Care Scheme.

Morning and afternoon teas and light lunches will also be available at 42 Ngarara Road to provide a restful garden experience with the proceeds going to The Cancer Society. By taking part in the “discover the plants” and “lucky ticket” competitions, visitors could win one of ten prizes for $50 plant selections or six $100 gardening gift cards or two landscape design packages.

Tickets for the Garden Trail and a brochure showing the location of each garden are available from Kapiti Garden Centres or from the individual gardens on the weekend of the Garden Trail.

The gardens will be open from 10.00am until 5.00pm each day and for only $15.00 per person per day, visitors can enjoy a wonderful day out visiting these stunning Waikanae gardens.

The following gardens are in the Trail:
8 Kotare St
3 and 6 Matata Place
160 Winara Ave
29 Cranbrook Grove
5 Balmerino Grove
19 and 39 Manu Grove
269 and 377 Te Moana Rd
24 Ara Kuaka St
17 and 42 Ngarara Rd

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Edible Backyard Open Day

Edible Backyard Open Day, Ohau, 29 January 2011 – 30 January 2011, 9.30am - 12.30pm. $25.

Find your edible gardening inspiration at Edible Backyard! See Kath Irvine's summer garden in action - look at what's worked and what hasn't. Learn what to be doing at this time of year to keep your food gardens in full production and top health. See my preparations for the autumn food garden.

I'll take you on a tour of the orchard, potager, vegie beds, chooks and subtropicals - get the chance to ask your burning questions!

Enjoy a yummy edible backyard morning tea... Then go for a healing herbs and weeds walk with Ali - learn about the healing power of summer herbs and how to dry and store them for winter use.

Limited numbers. Booking is essential.

Macrocarpa seed trays and sleepers for sale. Heritage seedlings and seeds for sale.