Pacific Connections is a project being undertaken by the Washington Park Arboretum in America’s Washington state. Phase 2 of the project is being opened on September 15 (kind of today our time) and is a $US1.2 million New Zealand Forest.
The forest, modelled on a South Island mid- to high-country area, covers 0.8ha (2 acres) and expands on the New Zealand High Country Exhibit, dedicated in 1993 which was the arboretum’s first “ecogeographic exhibit”. The Forest includes mountain beech (Nothofagus cliffortioides) and silver beech (Nothofagus menziesii), as well as three open areas – a Phormium (flax) Fen, Hebe Heath, and Griselinia Bush, plus two tussock grasslands. There is a long article about the design of the garden here (pdf format).
The New Zealand Film Festival is doing the rounds and included is a documentary on Sister Loyola Galvin, 90 years old and the main gardener at the Home of Compassion in Wellington. Gardening with Soul (the link includes a trailer) is directed by Jess Feast. Read a review here.
You may recall that Sister Loyola was NZ Gardener’s Gardener of the Year in 2008.
This is the busiest time of the year for mail-order plant companies – and for gardeners there is much joy to be had in reading through the catalogues, even if it’s only to compile a wish-list.
Here are some links that you may find useful:
- Kings Seeds (flowers, fruit and veges) based in Western Bay of Plenty
- Egmont Seeds (flower, fruit and veges) based in Taranaki
- Parva Plants (perennials, small shrubs, bulbs, some natives) based in Canterbury
- GardenPost (perennials, bulbs) based in Tauranga
- Mauways Nursery (trees, hedging, shrubs, perennials, grasses, etc) based in Rangitikei
- Hokonui Alpines, based in Southland
- Russell Fransham Subtropicals based in Northland
- The Fragrant Garden (herbs and perennials) based in Feilding
- Edible Garden (fruit and nut trees, berries) based in Palmerston North
- Summergarden (day lilies) based in Northland
- Magnolia Grove based in Taranaki
- Marshwood Gardens (perennials with a herb bent) based in Southland
- Dahlia Haven based in Albany
- Clifton Homestead Nursery (hellebores) based in South Otago
- Amazing Iris Garden based in Western Bay of Plenty
- Coromandel Cacti based in Auckland.
This isn’t an exhaustive list and nor is it intended to be – these are some I know of or have come across that I thought may be useful. If you want to search by particular plant types, then this website looks pretty good. It also offers an alphabetical list of mail-order nurseries.