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October 2018

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th: Seeley Gully Restoration Project – Hamilton
Join other volunteers on a Monday morning to undertake various environmental conservation tasks.
9.30am–12.30pm. A J Seeley Gully Reserve, 12 Armagh St, contact 021 286 2066.

4th, 18th, 27th: Riverlea Environment Society Restoration Project – Hamilton
Help with this Remnant Swamp Maire and Pukatea Forest Restoration Project.
10.15am–12.15pm, Hammond Park, Malcolm St,

6th: Daffodil Show – Hamilton
The Northern Daffodil Club’s late show.
12-4pm, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Cobham Dr, contact Robin 021 760 545.

6th: Daffodil Show – Levin
Central Daffodil Group’s late table show.
Levin Public Library, Tetakere Centre, Levin, contact Wilf 06 367 8160.

6th & 27th: Tree Releasing Atiu Creek – Wellsford
Help Conservation Volunteers release young native plantings from weeds and grasses in a beautiful park.
10am–3pm, Atiu Creek
Regional Park, Run Road, Tapora, Wellsford,

7th: Daffodil Show – New Plymouth
Taranaki Daffodil Club’s late show.
Fairfield Garden Centre, 532 Mangorei Rd, Highlands Park, contact Joy 06 272 8282.

7th: Grow Your Own Microgreens – Thames
An all day workshop covering all you need to learn how to grow microgreens year-round.
9am–5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture, Pakaraka Farm, 80 Pakaraka, RD2, $120, bookings

13th: Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project – Rotorua
Support the Rotorua Botanical Society to release plantings from weed growth and undertake further weed control.
8.45am, cnr Summit & Loop Rds, Okareka (lake end), free, contact Paul 027 650 7264.

13th-14th: Nymet Open Garden Weekend – Whangarei
Support the SPCA while exploring this lovely country garden’s wide range of trees and shrubs, ponds, bog gardens and potager, with plants for sale.
9am-4pm, 280 Cemetery Rd, Whangarei, $5, contact Jean
09 438 3965.

14th: Bromeliad Society of NZ Show – Auckland
Annual spring sale and display.
9am–3pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, free, contact Diane 09 415 9066

20th: Rhododendron Auckland tour – Auckland
A day tour of country gardens south of the city.
For details, contact Robyn 09 524 0241.

21st: Edible Garden Workshop – Kaipara
David Bayly demonstrates edible garden essentials from design, to soil preparation, what to plant, when and where and weeding.
1481 Kaipara Coast Highway (SH16), 4km north of Kaukapakapa, $20, bookings essential or 09 420 5655.

26th–4th: Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival – Taranaki
Explore 40 beautiful private and public gardens over the 10 day festival into November.
Tickets: or phone 06 759 8412.

27th–28th: New World Rotary Garden Safari – Kerikeri
See behind the gates of some of Kerikeri’s most interesting gardens in the 31st anniversary of this iconic event.
Tickets: $30 covers both days, available at Kerikeri New World and various garden retailers.

29th: Gardening with Soul – Opunake
An opportunity to see Best Documentary Film Awards 2013 Winner Gardening with Soul following a year in the garden with 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin.
7-8.50pm, Everybody’s Theatre, 72 Tasman St, Opunake, South Taranaki, $10.25,

1st–2nd: All About Gardening – Christchurch
Michael Trengrove from The Electric Garden/Digital Future Aoteoroa on a primary school project which supports digital learning through gardening.
Mon 7pm & Tues 9.45am, Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl, $2 members, $5 non- members.

5th–6th: District Spring Flower Show – Te Anau
The last of the South Island Daffodil Society Shows for the season with stalls, bulb orders and raffle.
Fri 2–7pm, Sat 9am–4pm, Fiordland Community Events Centre, 20–22 Luxmore Dr, $5 including Devonshire tea, phone Judy 027 233 5955.

7th: Ellesmere Spring Fling – Christchurch
Enjoy a country fete in beautiful Broadfield Garden with entertainment, stalls, garden tours and more. Proceeds to Community Care Lincoln.
11am–4pm, Broadfield Garden, 250 Selwyn Rd, Prebbleton. Adult $20, children free, tickets Eventfinda or Community Care phone 03 325 2007.

7th: Terrace Station Open Day – Hororata
Bring a picnic to enjoy the spring flowers, the newly renovated summer house and quiz table of fascinating 19th century domestic items.
11am–3pm, Terrace Station, signposted from the Hororata roundabout, $5, children free goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust.

13th–14th: Wairau Valley Country Garden Tour – Marlborough
The Wairau Valley Anglican Parish presents its 27th Country Garden Tour of 12 gardens in Onamalutu and Northbank, near Blenheim.
Programmes $20 per adult available from local garden centres and Renwick Dairy, contact

21st: Garden Fete – Dunedin
The Port Chalmers & District Lions Club annual Garden Fete presenting rhododendrons at their best as part of Dunedin Open Gardens. Live music and a variety of stalls.
11am–3pm, Lady Thorn Rhododendron Dell, Church Street, Port Chalmers, free, contact Les 021 131 0666.

25–28th: Flaxmere Art in a Garden – North Canterbury
Annual art exhibition of large scale installations throughout Flaxmere Garden and paintings, photography, prints, ceramics, glass and jewellery in the barn gallery.
10am–5pm, 128 Westenras Rd, Hawarden, $25, children free,

28th: Rhododendron Festival – Gore
Food, plants, arts & crafts for sale as well as entertainment and a fabulous display of rhododendron blooms in St Andrew’s Hall.
11am–3pm, Gore Gardens, free, contact Jayne 027 369 4992.