Spring Tour Review 2017

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Our Spring Tour programme has finished for the season with much knowledge and fellowship shared. A very big thank you to the garden owners Adrianne & Cam Moore, Ruth & David Benson, Phil & Linda Ducker, Jean Osborne and sons Justin & Pete, Terry & Lynette Windle and Catherine Parkes and her little team at … Read More

Hampton Court Flower Show

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A long awaited dream for Tour Manager Gail Scrivener
In July while most of you were experiencing Winter in NZ I was enjoying the warmth of Summer in the UK for the purpose to visit numerous famous castles, manors, and well-known gardens. Attending the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in the palace grounds has been a long-awaited dream and on the 4th July, it became reality for me.

Enchanting Thailand – Tour Review

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Gail Scrivener reflects on the ever colourful Thailand. The Thailand Tour was an amazing experience for the twelve of us participating. Everyday there was adventure to enjoy, sights to see, interesting history, culture and cuisine of this colourful land.

WOW World of Wearable Arts Tour

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See the tour photo album here All of the participants of our October Wearable Arts Short Break returned a little tired after an unforgettable three days full of highlights. Friday saw our early arrival and start to our trip in Wellington and our first visit of the day was a preferential entry to Te Papa … Read More

David Bell Daffodil Farm

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David Bell Daffodil Farm – 12 September It was a perfect Spring morning driving to Leeston, the sun was shining on the snow-capped alps, the lambs were frolicking in the paddocks and the countryside looked green and lush. A special time of year with so much renewed life, and a time to reflect on the beauty … Read More

Spring into Darfield

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Spring into Darfield – 23 September A warm atmosphere and the enthusiasm of 48 keen gardeners countered the unfortunate weather experienced throughout this day tour to Darfield. On our arrival at our first garden “Taradale” we were met by owner Annette Millar and welcomed into her home for a delicious “farm baked” morning tea and … Read More

Melbourne Revisited

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Gail Scrivener chats about the latest CHS tour to flower-filled Melbourne The Melbourne Flower Show was a wonderful and most enjoyable experience for all 28 tour participants. Set in the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, we were treated to a feast of colourful exhibits and landscape design that did not dissapoint. These displays … Read More

Growing Roses

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This tour will unveil the many facets of rose growing – from fresh made cuttings to full grown bushes.

Tour Report Hinewai Reserve & Fisherman’s Bay

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A colourful group of 23 enjoyed this January day trip to the beautiful Hinewai Reserve and Fisherman’s Bay Garden. At Hinewai, Hugh Wilson, botanist and manager gave a most interesting talk, and I shall never look at gorse as a curse again. Hugh says “The trick is that gorse is used to re-grow natives. You … Read More