Microclimates in the Garden

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One of the more interesting aspects of gardening is the identification of areas in the garden which have different climates. In these locations, we can grow plants that may be different from those of our neighbours and friends. Identifying microclimates also allows gardeners to plan their garden for the best results. To understand microclimates is to understand your garden, its orientation, soils, slope (if any), shelter, setting of the house, buildings, and anything else that directly effects the site. Gardeners also need to understand the microclimates of rainfall, sunshine hours, prevailing winds, wind types, temperature variation and the like. It is the combination of these factors which creates microclimates in the garden. Every garden has microclimates. Here is a description of some of the factors.

Container Gardening


A small group of members attended the Container Gardening workshop held on a very wet Saturday morning. It certainly wasn’t a day to be outside gardening but by the end of the session the participants left with a boot load of plants and seeds planted in containers. Dave Adams demonstrated how to plant seeds and … Read More

Dalkeith Look & Learn


A showcase of late Spring colour at its best Wednesday 21 October Cost: $20 ($2 car pool) Includes afternoon tea Depart 1pm: Horncastle Arena (please report at 12.45pm) Bookings: CHS tel: 366 6937  Email: office@chsgardens.co.nz Download the flier and booking form  

Dalkeith Look & Learn – half day tour


A Showcase of late Spring Colour at its Best Wednesday 21 October Cost: $20 ($2 car pool)  Includes afternoon tea Depart: 1pm Horncastle Arena (please report at 12.45pm) Bookings: CHS tel: 366 6937  Email: office@chsgardens.co.nz Download the brochure here

Winter Speaker Series – In Review

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The 2015 Winter Speaker Series had an excellent start with a fascinating talk by Aaron Russ, General Manager of Wild Earth Travel. Describing himself as a zoologist cum geologist turned botanist and eco tourist Aaron explained that travelling south from New Zealand is equivalent to gaining height in terms of flora survival. He took us … Read More

Margaret Watling demonstration features innovation & flair

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Geraldine-based floral artists Gislinde Folkerts and Annette Waller demonstrated their creativity and flair to over 200 well-dressed guests in the Horticultural Centre. Enhanced by wine, music and a walk-though of the creations by assistants Sarah Folkerts and Polly Hill, the demonstration of “floral designs for that special occasion” was well received by the audience. Congratulations … Read More

Floral Extravaganza – Fantastic Prizes for Best Dressed!


A 2-night stay in the unique self-contained Lake Hawea Bellbird cottage is on offer to both the Best Dressed Man & Best Dressed Woman at the Margaret Margaret Watling Memorial Demonstration. A wonderful prize valued at over $600!  conditions apply Floral Extravaganza has a theme of ‘Floral Designs for that Special Occasion’ and takes place 7.30pm … Read More

Mid-Winter Luncheon


Saturday 13 June 2015 – Visions on Campus

Speaker Announced – Da’Vella Gore. Da’Vella is an established New Zealand artist and popular teacher for Art Societies throughout New Zealand. She exhibits widely, carries out speaking engagements throughout the country, and is a marriage celebrant.
We are delighted to welcome Da’Vella as our speaker.

Tickets: $30 per person CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Margaret Watling Memorial Demonstration


7.30pm Wednesday 20 May, CHS Centre

Floral Designs for that Special Occasion
Created for you by international designers, Gislinde Folkerts & Annette Waller

Tickets: $25 ($20 early bird sales before Mon 1 May) includes light refreshments. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS