Coming up

People in the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty areas have plenty of good gardening stuff to look forward to so be sure to mark your calendars … for contact details for any of these events, see the Events page.

Tomorrow (July 6) at 1.30pm is a free rose pruning demonstration at Décor Gardenworld (Moffat Rd, Bethlehem).

Next Saturday (July 12) Kings Seeds is hosting a free spring event – a talk on getting your garden ready for spring, the launch of the new catalogue and new varieties, plus giveaways. The morning starts at 10am sharp at 189 Wharawhara Rd, Katikati (just south of the township, the recently closed museum is on the corner). Kings Seeds has just become BioGro Certified, read all about that here.

Next Sunday (July 13) the BOP Orchid Society is holding its annual Orchid & Plant Auction, starting at noon in the Masonic Hall, 18 Oxford St, Te Puke. There will also be pots, books, fruit, etc. Cash/cheque only.

Saturday, July 19 sees the annual Fruit & Nut Tree Sale from 10am-12.30pm at the A&P Showgrounds in Katikati (off SH2 north of the shops). Among the trees for sale will be citrus, stone fruit, cherries, soft-shelled almonds, walnuts, persimmons, white sapote and feijoas, plus a selection of  heritage apples, including giant geniton, and cider apples. There will be some other plants for sale too, including berry canes and native plants.

Saturday, August 2 is the popular Western BOP Camellia Society Show, 9.30am-4pm at the Arts & Crafts Centre in Elizabeth St West (near the Takitimu Expressway). Besides the cut blooms on display, the show also offers plants for sale, many of the camellias unavailable elsewhere.

August 2 & 3 (Saturday and Sunday) sees John Dean take a fertiliser & composting workshop in Katikati, 10am-1pm both days. The workshop, which costs only $20, will cover both conventional and organic methods.

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