Sunday 16 March 2014
10:00am – Sam & Te Aroha’s farm, SH1, Manakau
This 10 acre farm with homestead (built circa 1880), has an olive grove, nut orchard and rambling gardens. A stream meanders through the front of the property and there is a small lake complete with drawbridge and dinghy.
The property offers a number of garden rooms with different themes and features a number of exotic trees and plants. They have around 40 different varieties of fruit producing trees and plants. There is something to delight in every season.
Sam & Te Aroha would love some pointers on are how to improve the health of the walnut trees, how to control pests, and how to improve the health of stone fruit trees (apricots, peaches, nectarines and plum cots). They are also keen to plant hazelnut and avocado trees in the near future. Suggestions regarding the best varieties for their area and suitable spots in the garden would be welcome!
A barn is available to have lunch if wet, otherwise picnic under the trees.
1pm – Karen and Grant’s Trinity Farm, Waitohu Valley Road, Otaki
Karen & Grant have owned Trinity Farm for almost 7 years. Trinity Farm is a 10 acre property with a 3 acre heritage rose nursery, another small “non-rose” nursery, a shop and country garden – where they hold garden tours and more recently weddings. There is a character, purpose built barn where workshops and seminars are held on roses, arts and crafts and meetings.
At Easter there will be a new event at Trinity Farm, Heritage Arts & Crafts in the 21st century, where work from 30 artists will be displayed throughout the gardens and in the barn, with lots of artist demonstrations and refreshments will also be available. Karen will be happy to tell us more and give us a tour of the property.
The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington & Horowhenua branch is to be held at 2:30pm.