Monday digest

The NZ Herald last week featured an article about what happens when glasshouses (in this case at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens) are closed to the public, and most workers, for 2 years.

Piet Oudolf, the Dutch landscaper of the High Line garden in New York, has been honoured in The Netherlands with the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award, presented by Queen Maxima in a gala show. He is the first landscaper to win this award. English garden writer Tim Richardson was invited to make the speech and writes about that here.

Here is Piet Oudolf’s own website – if you’re looking at the Gardens selection, click on the thumbnails at the top of the screen for various colour images – the private garden in Boon is interesting.

The long borders at Newby Hall in north Yorkshire – thought to be the longest in western Europe – are to be completely replanted in what is expected to be a two-year project. Read all about that here.

Closer to home there is disquiet at the Koanga Institute at Wairoa about proposed spraying in the vicinity. The call has gone out for help.

And you can hear Kay Baxter, the driving force behind Koanga, talk about food, heirloom varieties, seed saving and more in this radio interview with Chris Laidlaw (18 minutes 46 seconds).

And I’ve been updating the Events page over the past couple of weeks, so do have a look through and see what’s coming up.


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