Choconut Slice


Choconut Slice This recipe is from Annabel Langbein’s ‘The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures’ and is her decadent update of an oldie but a goodie that used to feature on the back of condensed milk cans. Ingredients 150g melted butter 270g plain biscuits, crushed to fine crumbs 2 tbsp. cocoa 1 cup shredded coconut 1 … Read More

View from the Deck – Garden shows & the Garden City

News, View from the Deck

A garden show is essential for Christchurch the Garden City. Recent decisions by the Christchurch City Council are very encouraging for the development of our own show. More importantly is the idea that garden and horticultural people will be consulted in Christchurch. However that does not mean we should be waiting around to be consulted. … Read More

July 2014 Quiz Time Q & A

Quiz Time

On which Christchurch Street, Road or Avenue would you find the following: The Sanitarium Company McLean’s Mansion Templeton Daffodils St Barnabas Church Coulter’s Nursery Portstone Nursery

Saving a Life

From the Board

I am not a horticulturalist, nor am I an avid gardener. I have, however, dabbled in gardening both indoors and outdoors with pot plants and the traditional veggie patch sticking to the easy stuff like potatoes, tomatoes, silver beet, carrots, cabbages, lettuces etc. I must admit there’s always been a great sense of satisfaction as … Read More

Beauty in the Wild

From the Board, News & Events

I was born and bred in Rochdale, an industrial town in Lancashire on the outskirts of Manchester nestled under the nearby Pennines. Like Christchurch it suffered from chronic air pollution as its natural tendency to winter inversion layers laden with dirty smoke from “those dark, satanic mills”. Despite this my curiosity to know what was … Read More

Seed Saving in a Nutshell

Courses, News & Events

Danielle Johnson & Valmai Becker are presenting this interesting workshop on Sunday 27th July 2014 1-3pm Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Hall Okuti Valley Road, Little River Banks Peninsula Price: $20 per person on the door Includes Phytofarm herbal refreshment Enquiries to: