Spring Fling

Te Puna Quarry Park volunteers have been getting the place gussied up for Sunday’s Spring Fling – gates open at 10am and if you’re the least bit interested in gardening I would suggest that you bring yourself along. The forecast for Sunday looks good so fingers crossed.

Man at work: Ray Oakly shifts some mulch. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Spring Fling is a chance for gardeners to talk directly to growers, a bit like a farmers’ market. There are more stallholders than last year, plus some garden art on offer. Specialist growers include clivia, topiary, fruit trees, rare bulbs and bearded iris, plus there will be some garden centre retailers there too and Kings Seeds. Four talented people who will be presenting interesting demonstrations that are entirely free (your $2 admission at the gate gets you to all these):

  • Coraleigh Parker will show how to make kokedama
  • The always-popular Francine Thomas and her floral art (Francine was the official New Zealand demonstrator at the recent Floral Art World Cup in Dublin)
  • Roger Allen on pruning
  • Barry Curtis on dividing and repotting orchids.

Geoff Brunsden and a bumblebee hive. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Visitors will also have the chance to chat to Geoff Brunsden about bumblebee hives, Judy Knipmeijer about honeybees and Mary Parkinson about butterflies – and all of them about creating habitat for pollinating insects. Shona Purves and her helpers will again be baking scones for Devonshire teas on site – last year she reckons they baked well over 200 scones through the day, “so we’ve well and truly ironed out any kinks in the process”. The teas are served in the gallery building at the far end of the car park, which is also where visitors will find a display of entries in the competitions for children – sand saucers (up to 20cm in diameter) by youngsters aged up to 7, and miniature gardens (up to 30cm in diameter) from 8 to 13-year-olds. Entry to the competitions is free and there are prizes in both categories. Entries must be delivered to the gallery by midday on Sunday 7.

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