Thursday 11th December 10am start
Softwood cutting workshop in a Tukituki Hills garden
Tukituki Hills Road, east side of Tukituki Road – nearer Haumoana than Havelock North
Balloons will show the way to parking in paddock across the road from the house gate.
Plenty to see here! Fellow Treecroppers Heather and Bob have invited us to hold our softwood cuttings workshop at their impressive Tukituki Hills property. The site includes steep and level ground, New Zealand and exotic plants, amenity and productive trees, formal and informal plantings, hedges, massed and specimen plants, wind exposed and sheltered areas, insect houses, upcycled sculptures and expansive views across the entire valley to the Kawekas.
Learn a new skill or brush up on an old one; softwood cuttings being so much more than the name implies (some being quite hard wood). Chris Ryan will demonstrate and coach you in this very useful skill. It’s easy when you know how, and a very economical way of bulking up plant numbers and growing some of those special plants you covet but which are not sold commercially.
We will see mixed amenity and treecrop plantings (now 12 years old) thriving on a steep fully planted area (which has been wryly named the north face), with zigzag paths giving us unusually close-up views into the canopies of trees planted further down the slope (trees such as kauri, fig, totora, olive, puriri, chestnut, Feijoa, pine nut, grapefruit). Wind-tolerant plants (includes 5 named Pohutukawa varieties) dwell in the exposed western gardens, while the house and southern plantings shelter the culinary, floral and textural plantings of courtyard gardens, including an espaliered fig and a laden passion fruit vine.
Bob and Heather are active volunteers in various community projects, including the Cape Sanctuary project and the Historic Napier Hill Cemetery flower plantings. Heather is a skilled plantswoman, and Bob is experienced in pest control and habitats for wild bird protection, (we may see the resident pheasants – 1 colourful male & 2-3 females). Bob’s ability to turn a mundane or flawed implement into a useful or artistic object is legendry.
Sharp clean propagation knife & secateurs.
Seal-able bag for propagation material. Label and pen for plant names.
LUNCH @ 12 noon:
Bring your picnic and a drinking cup. Our hosts have offered to supply hot and cold liquids.
Appropriate shoes for slopes / sunhat
TreeCrop signs will be at the gate.
Toilet available on request.
Rain or shine event.
For further info contact Jenny.
Everyone Welcome. NZTCA members free / Non-member fee $10 per person
Join NZTCA for $50 on the day OR join online beforehand.