February 2015 – Two day Taranaki field-day event
Date – 21-22nd February 2015
Time – 10am start at Magnolia Grove at Waitara – Saturday morning
Bring – Food, clothing and linen requirements etc. – check details below.
There is overnight accommodation available for out-of-towners for which bookings are essential. Bring your lunches and drinks, sunhats and walking shoes suitable for the tracks at Pukeiti.
Accommodation for Friday and Saturday night, $35pp per night:
45 Wallath Road, Westown (3-storied).
Some members may like to drive to Taranaki on Friday to avoid the hurried drive on Saturday a.m. Potluck evening meal for Saturday night. Supply your own food; linen and towels provided. To book, please contact Jane. Bookings will be essential – could sleep 11 with a squeeze.
10am Saturday 21 February – MAGNOLIA GROVE, Vance and Kathryn, Mahoetahi Road, Waitara (just off seaward side of SH3 close to the SH3 and SH3A junction).
Vance is a very gifted magnolia breeder of 30yrs experience. On this property he has a nursery of trees and shrubs plus citrus and grafted magnolias. There is an arboretum of 1.5ac containing sustainable firewood of gums and coppiced magnolias. Magnolia seedlings also are grown for the rootstock. The property is run under IPM principles; he gardens as naturally as possible to avoid the ‘imposed’ impact on their natural surroundings.
The trees and shrubs are sold throughout NZ and some grafting wood is exported overseas. Vance does most of his own research based from his years of experience. The aim here is to develop the business as opportunities present.
Magnolia Grove is also open during the Taranaki Rhodo Festival – a superb garden to visit and it will be a privilege to have Vance personally take us round.
12.30pm – Raimond and Nicole’s Urban Garden, Carrington Street, New Plymouth.
They have a 2 acre section based on purchasing rear sections from neighbours so have a 2ac valley complete with a pond. We will have our LUNCH here. The aim is to grow edible varieties not commonly found and share the produce with their family and friends. The garden is run by permaculture practices. This urban household garden property boasts mature specimens of Rhododendrons, Maples, flowering cherries, Eucalypts, conifers, NZ natives, Camellia hedging/specimens, Magnolias, a good range of nut trees esp. large walnut trees and many edible fruits. Mention has to be made of the orchids growing from the terraced slopes and a novel way of growing grapes. Raimond is also researching what will grow in coastal North Taranaki.
If time permits and members choose to, we can visit the Fernery at Pukekura Park nearby.
9.30am Sunday 22 Feb: PUKEITI RHODODENDRON GARDEN with Ken Davey.
Ken is going to point out rare species grown within the park and we can inspect the plants that perform in the early autumn. Ken has now retired from the Council horticultural division but the wealth of knowledge he possesses is immense so this is a great opportunity to tap into this.
12 noon: Eddie’s coastal garden and VIREYA nursery, South Road, Okato.
We will LUNCH on Eddie’s lawn then inspect the Vireya breeding project plus his woodland garden. Eddie has been involved with Vireya breeding for 20 years, and just last week had yet another Vireya registered with the International Rhododendron Register at Kew (RHS). ‘Perry Gold’ is the newly named plant and it may well be flowering at the time of our visit.
Eddie never had a particular plan for the property but it was set out as an apple orchard originally, then consequently destroyed by Cyclone Bola in 1988. Eddie has done his own research and trials. Plants will be available for sale.