Sunday 10th February 2013
Time: 9.45am Start
Bring: Lunch and a drink
Where: Delta Gardens, 151 Walkers Road, Longburn, Palmerston North.
A commercial flower and pick-your-own vegetable growing operation, run by Neville and Sheryl Dickey. A wide variety of flowers and foliage is grown, outdoors and under 1.5ha [3.7 acres] of greenhouse cover, mainly supplying two family operated florist shops.
Vegetables grown include…potatoes, peas, beans, broad beans, carrots and raspberries. Viewing this property will reveal many clever growing techniques and ideas, potentially adaptable to your own circumstances.
Lunch: Midday at Delta Gardens for AGM.
In keeping with past practice, a short and un-arduous AGM will coincide with lunch.
Originally established by Bernie Hollard in 1927. A vast collection of trees, shrubs and plants, now Council managed.
A fruit and vegetable garden demonstration/trial area is also included on the property.
Lots of gardens and walkways to explore.
Where: Starter Plants – Eddie Welsh, 126 Turitea Road, Palmerston North. [around 1.30pm]
A wholesale nursery, specialising in re-vegetation natives and rarer open-ground/bedding plants… along with seasonal organic vegetable production.
While a diverse range of plant material is grown, Eddie’s main focus has centred around, Eucomis [Pineapple lily]. A bulbous perennial he has cultivated, bred and exported for many years.
An interesting property where differing tree species have been adapted for shelter belt use… A ‘Trees of the world’ arboretum planting [utilizing a flood-prone waste area]… plus an assortment of productive fruit and nut trees… all worthy of inspection.
Plant sales on the day… cash only, no eftpos.
Note – this is a rare opportunity to visit this property that is seldom open for public perusal. Eddie is a former Massey lecturer and highly regarded for his immense horticultural knowledge and entertaining demeanour!