August 2015 Event – Pine Nuts, Grapes, Cellaring, Flax milling and Indoor Tropics.
Date – Sunday August 9 th 2015
Time – 10.30am start
Where – Peter & Margaret
Donnelly Road [accessed off State Hwy 1 between Mobil and Blue Bell Motel]
Bring – Your lunch, a coat and suitable footwear and any surplus plants/trees/seeds or
related horticultural produce for a ‘bring & buy’ to supplement branch funds.
Starting with a bare uninspiring sand hill, Peter & Margaret have established an impressive/productive property. We get an insight into pine nut production – covering pruning, training, cone harvesting/processing and marketing plus successful viticulture practice, including wine cellaring etc.
We’ll also be treated to an interesting tutorial on creative weaving explaining numerous fibre options, techniques and treatments.
1pm – Foxton Flax Stripper Museum – $4.00 pp entry.
Harbour St – adjacent to the ‘Windmill’ – An organised group tour has been arranged.
2.30pm – Bill’s
Foxton – We visit a purpose-built[and expansive] glasshouse complex incorporating an
indoor swimming pool/spa surrounded by an impressive tropical plant/tree collection –
including bananas, pineapples, dates, cycads, palm trees etc. Yes, this is Foxton folks!