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Spring 2022

published by & Selwyn Times


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A passion for native plants

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Spring is the time for plans and projects

Spring is a great time to renew your love of the garden. It’s a time of new

growth and great possibilities – check out our guide for some great inspiration

and help to make your gardening and landscaping projects a success!


• 12-13 Oct - St John Garden Fete


• 23-24 Oct 10am – Little River Flower Power Garden Trail eventfinda.


• 27-30 Oct - Hurunui Garden Festival hurunuigardenfestival.com

• 2 Nov - West Melton Native Plants with Dr Colin Meurk at Nut Point Centre


• 19-20 Nov - Akaroa Inside Out Garden and Home Tour 2022 visitakaroa.



Broadfields Garden Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a luncheon

and guest speaker on March 14, 2023 at the Broadfield Hall. Past members are

warmly invited to attend and can contact Zelda on 021 036 8315 or Sandra on

021 754 114 for further information.

Sheffield Garden Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a high afternoon

tea, activities and guest speaker on May 6, 2023 at the Sheffield Community

Hall. Past members are welcome to join the celebrations. To find out more

email the secretary at Sheffieldgardenclubnz@gmail.com or phone Fi

Maddison, 021 047 0066.

Gardens to discover

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Discover 13 diverse gardens and more

this Labour Weekend on Sunday 23

and Monday 24 October at the Little

River Flower Power Garden Trail on

Banks Peninsula.

Featuring planting styles that range

from rhododendron shrubberies

to banana palm fringed ponds,

there is something to interest

everyone. Several properties operate

commercially, growing flowers, berries

and nuts such as Janet and Peter

Wills’ Country Nutters and Glynis and

Tom Dobson’s Protea Cottage, both in

Okuti Valley.

Experience a native bush backyard

by checking out the bush covenant

managed by Bernard Shapiro and

Amy Huang, while inspiration for a

lawn-free cottage garden can be

found at Lily Cottage. At Birdlings Flat,

Geoff Spearpoint surprises with what

can be achieved on a small coastal


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Fancy music to accompany your

garden stroll? The Botanical Cellist,

Janet Cubey, will be playing

on Sunday only at Tarawāhi, a

woodland-style garden bursting with


Native plants will be available

to purchase from Living Streams

Community Nursery, while a bargain

of a different sort may be found at

Revival Op shop, housed in historic St

Andrews Church. There will also be

opportunities to buy drinks and baking

so bringing cash is recommended.

This is a self-drive trail so take your time

and visit as few or as many gardens as

you wish.

Gardens will be open Sunday and

Monday 10am-4pm. Tickets $15 per

adult, children free, are available from

the Little River Craft Station (open 7

days including Labour weekend) and

eventfinda.co.nz. Proceeds will go to

community groups.

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selwyn gardening guide spring 2022

Paradise in Kirwee

Words: Fi Maddison | Photos: Fi Maddison & Moira Farrell

Knot garden

Fastigiata oak tree avenue

Needing something to do was how half a

hectare of rural land was transformed into a

stunning paradise in the years following the

Canterbury earthquakes.

After the 2011 earthquakes, Kirwee gardener Moira

Farrell found she had time on her hands while her

damaged home in Christchurch went through the

long claim and repair process.

When she suggested to her partner, David, that she

create a garden in his back paddock in Kirwee, he

wasn’t so keen. But Moira soon convinced him that

she needed something to do and could visualize a

beautiful garden where his sheep once grazed.

She began creating her gardens slowly, digging

and planting, working only weekends. At first, Moira

could only take over half the paddock and when

she ventured that “it just looks wrong” only half

planted, David finally agreed to the full garden

conversion. That was over nine years ago.

Asked if she had a plan, Moira says, “no, there was

no real plan – it just grew.” However, there was one

garden design element that she did want to include

- a round hedge inspired by the famous rondel in


“I knew I wanted to include a rondel of English

Beech,” says Moira. “We planted 120 trees over a

weekend. They’re around three metres high now

and don’t take too much looking after.”

Luckily the garden, now named “The Back

Paddock”, already had plenty of shelter from the

Nor’ West winds to help it become established.

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English Beech Rondel

David, who cuts the lawns and edges

and does the annual hedge trim with

the tractor.

The large garden includes several

formal elements besides the rondel.

There is the buxus knot garden, where

Moira grew numerous cuttings for the

hedge, and the avenue of fastigiata

oak trees, which she was warned

against planting but is now pleased

with their vigorous upright growth.

There is also a small vineyard, where

pinot noir grapes have already been

harvested into three bottles of wine –

yet to be tasted

Naming some of the gardens has

helped Moira keep track of them

and her whereabouts. Some are

based on colours, while others are

based on what is in them such as

the Spanish bluebell garden under

the nuttery – many of the bluebells

came from her mother’s garden; the

hosta and hellebore garden; the dark

leaf garden, which looks stunning

when the mauve rhododendron is

flowering; the rose garden; and two

woodland gardens. Each has its own

personality and beauty at varying

times of the year. There are also some

playful quirks to discover, such as the

miniature golf green complete with

bunker, and the hedgehog house, a

gift from David.

The generous grassy path leading

to The Back Paddock garden is

sheltered and features an avenue of

Jacquemontii birches, known for their

striking white trunks. Moira says some

people like to bleach the tree trunks

with soap and water, but she prefers

to leave them natural.

While Moira says there was no initial

plan, she has created a beautiful,

peaceful, and natural space with

paths to wander and dream, areas

to sit and contemplate, gardens to

watch the seasons come and go, and

a place where she and visitors can

escape the rest of the world.

“We’ve even had a visit from the

white heron that’s been in the area,”

says Moira. And who could blame the

kōtuku, if it thought it had just landed

in paradise.

For more information about opening

times and fees to visit the garden,

email Moira at: moira_farrell@hotmail.


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Saturday 22 October, times vary per garden

Price $0–$15 per garden

TOUR: Cedar Park, Dalkeith, Broadfields, K&L Nurseries,

RhodoDirect, Herbal garden, Casa Rossa, Hauora

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Follow the footsteps of early settlers, as they moved out

onto the Canterbury Plains. Start your day at Stoneycrop

followed by RhodoDirect; where you will discover beautiful

rhododendrons growing in Selwyn. During your stop,

staff from Hauora Produce will be providing tasty fresh

strawberries. Visit the historical woodland gardens of Terrace

Station which was once owned and curated by one of New

Zealand's historic politicians, one of New Zealand’s historic

politicians, Sir John Hill and his wife Rose, Lady Hall. Finish

off your journey by stopping in at Nat’s Nursery where you

will find locally grown native plants to take home.

Sunday 2 October, times vary per garden

Price: $0–$15 per garden

TOUR: RhodoDirect, Stoneycrop, Hauora Produce-at

RhodoDirect, Terrace Station, Nats Nursery Hororata.


Immerse yourself in a garden curated by historical politician

Sir John and Lady Rose Hall. Delight in the woodland garden

and mass planting of spring bulbs. Just around the corner,

you will find Gunyah Country Estate. One of New Zealand's

grand old homesteads rich in history that is linked to Terrace

Station. Enjoy 12 acres of gardens that have matured over

the past 100 years. You may find some delicious preserves

and products made from the orchard. On your way home,

stop in at Nat’s Nursery to find locally raised and grown

plants to take home.

Sunday 30 October, times vary per garden

Price $0–$10 per garden

TOUR: Terrace Station, Gunyah Country Estate, Nats

Nursery Hororata.


This open day is being offered twice in the month of October

- on the Saturday 1 and Saturday 8.

Venture through Cedar Park and discover 1.5 acres full of

a variety of vibrant plants, trees, and shrubs. Then as you

are travelling out of Rolleston, your next stop is Dalkeith

Garden. Described as a tranquil oasis of sunshine, birdsong

and peacefulness, this four-acre garden on Boundary Road,

dates back to 1955. Next, see how spring has brought the

award-winning Broadfield Garden to life. Before you finish

for the day, visit K&L Nurseries, and be inspired to grow your

own flowers and plants.

Saturday 1 October and Saturday 8 October,

times vary per garden. Price: $0–$15 per garden

TOUR: Cedar Park, Dalkeith, Broadfields, K&L Nurseries.


Discover the transformation of an old quarry at Casa Rossa

into an established award-winning garden. Right next door

you will find The Herbal Garden with a mix of medicinal

herbs and plants grown for health and wellbeing. Enjoy the

splendor of Stoneycrop which has wheelchair accessible

paths. Not far down the road is RhodoDirect where you will

discover some of the most beautiful rhododendrons growing

and for sale in Selwyn. During your stop at RhodoDirect, staff

from Hauora Produce will be selling delicious strawberries

for you to take home.

Wednesday 19 October, 10am–4pm

Price $0–$15 per garden

TOUR: RhodoDirect, Stoneycrop, Herbal Garden, Casa Rossa,

Hauora Produce-at RhodoDirect.


RhodoDirect has been supplying rhododendrons throughout

New Zealand to keen gardeners for over 20 years. Check

out their fine collection, and taste fresh strawberries from

Hauora Produce. Wander through Stoneycrop; a garden

which has been carefully created to provide year-round

interest from the first English snowdrops (Galanthus) in July

through to the dahlias, asters and other perennials flowering

until the first frosts in May. Stoneycrop has wheelchair

accessible paths.

Sunday 9 October and Wednesday 12 October,


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Your first stop on your botanical experience is Cedar Park

where you will discover 1.5 acres of vibrant plants, trees and

shrubs. Next is the beautiful oasis - Dalkeith Garden where

you'll find birdsong, rhododendrons, camellias, maples

and magnolias. Discover Broadfields where you will roam

through 3.5 hectares of blossoming plants and flowers. Then

stop at K&L Nurseries and stock up on plants and supplies.

Travel out to West Melton for your two final stops. Find

organic and handcrafted herbal teas, salts and skin at the

Herbal Garden. Finally finish off at the Shakespeare inspired

stunning garden of Casa Rossa. You will never know it was

once an old quarry!

Saturday 15 October, times vary per garden

Price $0–$15 per garden

TOUR: Cedar Park, Dalkeith, Broadfields, K&L Nurseries,

Herbal garden, Casa Rossa.

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Gardening made easy

Words & Images: Fiona Robinson

Day 1. Day 11. Day 18. Four weeks after planting

Fiona Robinson delves into the joy of planting above the ground.

The ads and reviews sounded too good to be true. However, I researched the

pros and cons, tips and tricks, and decided a Vegepod would be my birthday

present. Stiff knees and sore muscles after digging, planting and maintaining

the garden had recently hampered my joy in gardening and growing

vegetables. So, having a raised gardening bed with everything at a higher

level sounded perfect.

In January 2022, I purchased a large Vegepod kit and what I would need to

fill it: quality potting mix, compost, and perlite. Perlite is as light as polystyrene

but is made from volcanic rock and provides good aeration and drainage. The

large pod comprises four individual sections joined together and is covered

by a semi-transparent canopy with internal spray nozzles. The mesh canopy

lets through sufficient light while preventing pests from attacking plants and

provides a beneficial micro-climate for increased growth and a lofty perch for

my cat!

The instructions were easy-to-follow, and I constructed the Vegepod in a

couple of hours on my own, without needing an engineering degree. I learned

from previous kit-building exercises that a solo effort is often less stressful and

better for relationships!

Due to Rolleston’s well-known wind, I chose a sheltered but sunny spot to set up

my pod on a stack of pallets. You can buy a trolley or stand for the small and

medium kits, making them easy to move.

I filled the Vegepod according to instructions on the website and the valuable

tips I had gained from a Facebook group. Then my excitement built as I

planned out where my plants would go. First, I determined which plants would

grow the highest and which would need more depth for their roots before

planting them, although it was a challenge not to get carried away with my

choice of plants.

Next, I sowed carrot seeds, planted beetroot, dwarf broccoli, red cabbage

and bean seedlings, and strawberries and then gently watered them from a

watering can. After that, I connected my hose to irrigate from the overhead

sprinklers and occasionally manually added some liquid seaweed for a boost.

The pod is self-watering as the plants wick the moisture up from the reservoirs,

and several drainage holes ensure the soil doesn’t become flooded.

Most days, I excitedly checked my plants and was rewarded with a fantastic

growth rate beyond my expectations. I had no failures and harvested my

fresh vegetables, bottled beetroot and froze broccoli and beans to use later.

Subsequent plantings later in the season meant I was eating lettuce leaves

throughout winter when others were paying nearly $5.00 a lettuce!

Due to the warmer soil in the off-the-ground gardening bed, I’ve already

planted this season’s dwarf broccoli and lettuces, so “bring on the veges!”

I’m happy to say with the ease of use, speedy growth and lack of bugs

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Simon brings eighteen years

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A passion for natives

Words & Photos: Fi Maddison

A West Melton landowner has turned his property

into a sanctuary for native plants and wildlife.

When John Allan first moved to his property near

West Melton in 2001, he never imagined he would

be involved in a long-term native planting scheme.

In fact, he originally planned to plant his 10 acres

out in walnuts, hence naming the property Nut Point

Centre, but instead went on to develop the centre

to showcase visual arts, host chamber music and

hold charity events.

It wasn’t until 2006 that John was introduced to the

idea of growing native plants on his land. A lady

knocked on his door asking if she could take seeds

from an old kowhai tree in the paddock. When

John showed interest in her request, she offered to

help get funding to plant some of his land in natives.

“I really didn’t know what I was doing in those

earlier days,” says John. At the time, the land was

leased out for sheep grazing, but he soon fenced

off part of the hill for his first project.

“I received a small grant from Landcare Trust in

conjunction with the Selwyn District Council. Our

aim was to plant 600 plants.” Back then, he was

advised not to spray; he had no irrigation, no

supplements, and no plant guards.

When planting day came, another expert looked

over the site and declared that he doubted

whether 5% of the plants would become

established. The group duly arrived to help, but by

the time they toured the property and had lunch,

they’d had enough. All left except for one hardy

couple, who stayed to help John get the plants in

the ground.

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By the end of the weekend, John’s introduction to

the world of native plants had begun.

While many of those first plantings died due to an

initial lack of understanding, John soon picked up

the essential knowledge he needed by trial and

error – diligently digging up stones and rocks in

sandy soil and adding much needed mulch and

watering systems.

Now 16 years later, John has approximately 10-

15,000 native plants in the ground over a six-acre

site. What started as a small project developed

over the years into something much greater – an

opportunity to transform the property and help

educate others in the benefits of growing natives.

Along with his own plantings over the years, John

has also had some help along the way. Areas of

diverse plantings include a site where Plant & Food

Research researched plants that attract native

pollinators such as the native Leioproctus and

Lasioglossum bees. He was also put in touch with Te

Ara Kākāriki Trust, a charity whose goal is to increase

biodiversity in Canterbury.

“They are a wonderful organisation,” says John.

“Their main support is help with planting and also

providing some funding.”

Funding from Te Ara Kākāriki has been a four-year

project, where 500-700 plants are planted each

year at a cost equivalent to $4-5000 a time. The

group arrives with volunteers, shovels and plenty of

energy to get the job done.

John’s commitment to native plants has become

a lifelong passion, albeit one that is demanding

and needs constant attention – weeding, watering,

mowing and spraying on a weekly basis – but John

can see the benefits of his work when wandering

through the walkways amongst numerous varieties

of native plants while listening to the birds.

“Native plants are not only beneficiary to the

property and wellbeing of people but also to the

birdlife,” says John, keen for people to understand

just how valuable native planting can be.

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Ride-on zen

Words & Photos: Fiona Robinson

A ride-on lawnmower brings happiness and beneficial

therapy to its owner.

Most people find mowing lawns a chore, no matter how

good the lawnmower is. However, Selwyn resident Sheryl

Riddle, a stroke survivor, finds the opposite. She finds her

“happy place” using her Husqvarna Zero Turn ride-on

lawnmower, and for Sheryl, the chore of mowing lawns is

therapeutic and calming.

Ten years ago, a stroke changed Sheryl’s life. She had to

relearn how to walk, talk, read, write and drive. One new

goal was to see if she could mow the lawns. It was initially

a challenge, but Sheryl now finds the simple process

relaxing. Using the ride-on lawn mower is a task she can

do, and it gives her the satisfaction of completing and

making it look good.

It is a process she focuses on while giving her a great sense

of achievement. Sheryl suggests others may use a stress

ball, and the ride-on is her stress reliever. She puts on her

headphones and says it’s her chance to shut everything

else out, and “the world goes away”. Taking about 2.5

hours to do lawns around the house and another 3 hours

for the roadside berms gives her the time out she needs.

Sheryl’s been using the Husqvarna for the past seven

years, choosing it for its reputation, cost and service. Now

“queen of the ride-on”, she loves how easy it is to use and

states,” You don’t have to think what gear you need to

put it in”. Sheryl won’t share the lawnmowing duties saying

she knows her mower’s quirks and capabilities best.

However, she once misjudged the nearness to a tree and

damaged her Husqvarna, and without realising it, ripped

off the side shoot, leaving an extremely long “trail of freshly

mown grass” behind her. Sheryl confessed, “The tree has

been there longer than the mower; I just didn’t see how

near I was”. Slightly hesitant afterwards, she advised,

“You’ve just got to get on and do it and not let it get the

better of you.” There’s no stopping Sheryl, evidenced by

more scrapes and numerous cable ties holding panels!

After relearning how to drive and being fully assessed,

Sheryl also drives an automatic 4-wheeler, motorbike and

personal vehicle. However, her husband has said a firm

“no” to driving his tractor (his baby!). Watch this space,

though! Her message to women is, “Go and do it and

don’t be afraid to ask for a try”. Her suggestion for stroke

survivors is, “Ask for the help and support that suits you and

don’t exclude people who want to help. However, you

need to define what is helpful for you”.

Sheryl’s determination, independence and strength of

character have enabled her to make the most of her life

and enjoy the satisfaction of her successes.

Create better gardens

with Garden box!

Proud to have Christchurch’s largest range of

Compost, Bark, Decorative Stones, Permeable

Paving and Landscaping Supplies. Conveniently

based in Middleton on an easy-to-access site,

Garden Box can help you “Create Better Gardens”

The experienced team can help you select the right

products for your spring garden. For large projects

like new builds, a Garden Box team member can

visit your site to review options, measurements and

access options.

With over 80 bulk bins of garden and landscaping

supplies including compost and soils, bark and

mulches, construction aggregates, decorative

Stones and Firewood

Key services include hard fill and green waste

recycling, plus hire equipment specialising in the

tools to get the perfect lawn – scarifiers, turf cutters

and aerators.

Need some structure in your landscaping we have

pavers and permeable paving options, old railway

and new macrocarpa sleepers and corten edging

from Straight Curve.

Seven days-a-week delivery can normally be

achieved within 24 hours of ordering, plus Garden

Box has over 20 hire trailers to help get your

purchases home.

Check out their website or pop in to view their

expensive range. Garden Box accepts Afterpay,

Genoapay, ZIP and Laybuy deferred payments.

“As a locally owned and operated business, we are

a proud supporter of local community and school


Visit Garden Box at 57 Lunns Road Middleton (just

off Curletts Road), Ph 03 3482915, email: ask@

gardenbox.co.nz or order online www.gardenbox.


What is your Spring Project?

57 Lunns Road, Middleton. Ph 03 348 2915

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West Melton native

plant project word find

Below are just some of the native plants that can be found at Nut Point Centre.

To find out more about native planting schemes in Canterbury,

visit: www.kakariki.org.nz



















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Your organics bin is only

for the following items...

Garden prunings,

clippings and leaves

Meat, bones

and fish

Fruit and vegetables

It’s organic collection time

Bread, pastries

and dairy products

Spring is the perfect time to get back

into the garden and start filling up your

organics bin again.

The Selwyn District Council’s green

organics bins can be utilised for

garden prunings, weeds, leaves and

grass clippings.

Food items such as bread, dairy

products, fruit, vegetables fish, meat,

bones, coffee grinds, as well as foodsoiled

cardboard containers and

paper towels can also be placed in

the green bin.

Here are some useful tips to ensure

your bin is fully emptied every week:

• Keep the bin weight under 60kg. If

you find it difficult to move the bin,

then you may find it exceeds the truck

lifting limits.

•Keep the bin contents loose. Don’t

compact your material by standing on

it (it may not come out when tipped

by the truck).

• Place weeds, branches or

newspaper at the bottom of the bin

before filling with grass clippings. This

reduces the likelihood of the grass

clippings getting stuck.

• Organics only! No plastic bags

(including those labelled as

compostable, degradable or

biodegradable), metals, timber,

sawdust, glass, rocks, stones or bricks

as these cause considerable damage

to the organics shredder.

• Flax and cabbage leaves need to

go in your red rubbish bin (as these

get caught up in the shredder).

• Make sure your bin is not overflowing

– the lid needs to close.

For townships with organic collection;

why not swap your 240 litre rubbish

bin for a 240 litre organic bin and an

80 litre rubbish bin? You’ll save money

and the environment!

Unsure about an item? Check out


Tips to ensure your bin is fully emptied:

· Keep items loose.

· Keep the bin weight reasonable.

· Place weeds, branches or newspaper

at the bottom of the bin before filling

with grass clippings (to avoid contents

getting stuck).


Coffee grinds

Food soiled cardboard

containers and paper towels

· No plastic bags (including compostable

or biodegradable), metals, glass, rocks,

stones, bricks or rubbish.

· Flax and cabbage tree leaves should go

in the red bin.

· Make sure the lid closes.

in the garden with intelligro

Spring is a wonderful time of year,

with warmer days and longer

daylight hours, there are plenty

of things that can be done in the

garden. A time of new growth,

spring is great for establishing and

repairing lawns, refreshing existing

gardens, and preparing new ones.

Intelligro has an extensive range of

quality products that will see you

through your growing season.

Refresh and


Garden beds will benefit from an

application of Organic Compost

and Sheep Pellets to give them a

boost of nutrients in preparation

for planting.

Lush Lawns

From establishing new lawns or repairing

and fertilising existing, spring is the time

to get stuck into your lawn. Intelligro

have a great new range of products that

will have your lawn looking fantastic in

no time.

Get Growing

Garden Soil Mix is excellent for establishing new

gardens. With an even blend of soil and organic

compost, this will be excellent for a wide range of

plants, trees, and shrubs. If you are creating a space

to grow your own veggies, we suggest our Veggie

Garden Mix. Packed with nutrients to support healthy

plant growth, you are sure to love this mix. Intelligro

has a variety of raised garden beds, Vegepods and

planters to help you create a space to love.

Intelligro Hire

Got a DIY project on the cards

but need some tools to help?

Check out our hire range!

Safety in the garden

Keeping yourself safe in the garden is important, especially at this

time of the year. Legionnaire’s Disease is one of the main risks in the

garden, so protecting yourself is key. Below are some precautions

you can take to reduce the risk of contracting Legionnaires:

• Open bags with a sharp knife – away from the face - in open

spaces, not in enclosed areas like sheds or greenhouses

• Remember to use gloves and masks when handling the mix

• Dampen any dry mix – taking care not to inhale dry, dusty mix

• Store bags out of direct sunlight

• Always wash your hands after gardening, and before eating or


If you develop any flu-like symptoms after working in the garden

head to your doctor immediately. Make sure you let them know you

have been gardening and need to get tested for Legionnaires.

261 Manion Road, Weedons 7677

P: 03 347 9012

E: info@igro.co.nz

www.igro.nz /igro.co.nz /intelligro_nz

August – April Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday/Public Holidays: 8.30am – 4.30pm

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WIN a FUN gardening set



Colour in the pictures

and circle the differences.

There are seven to find.






Post or deliver your entry

to: Intelligro, 261 Manion

Road, Weedons 7677

ENTRIES CLOSE 22 October 2022 The

winner will be notified by phone and

must collect their prize from Intelligro.

Bring your dreams

to reality

Adding a pool to your outdoor area remains a

popular option for many Selwyn homes and local

company Lagoon Pools continues to be busy looking

after residents’ needs.

They not only install the pools in a range of sizes but

can help with organising pavers, pool surrounds and


With sizes and shapes ranging from three metres

to 12 metres, there really is a pool for every site in a

range of colours. Other additional features include

fountains, spa jets and swim jets and they can even

add pool lighting.

“It is best for anyone looking at installing a pool to

work ahead and get it locked in early,” says Lagoon

Pools owner Julie who runs the business with her

husband Warren.

It takes around five days to install a pool and then

the finishing touches takes from around 6 weeks

depending upon the design.

Lagoon Pools is the Leisure Pools dealer for most of

the South Island. Leisure Pools feature 100% per cent

composite fibreglass and, with patented innovations,

every swimming pool is supported by their lifetime

structural warranty and a lifetime osmosis warranty.

Contact Lagoon Pools by phoning Julie or Warren on

0800 927 282. You can also visit their website www.

lagoonpools.co.nz to find out more about their range

of pools and other services they offer.


03 349 2160 or 0800 92 72 82

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10 ways to hygge

your garden for spring

Create an atmosphere of intimacy and warmth outdoors while you wait for

the arrival of summer with these simple ideas.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is part of Danish culture and is about creating

and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. While it generally means cosiness, it

encompasses more than just a word; it is a feeling or mood, a sense of well-being

and mindfulness, belonging, contentment and happiness.

1. COMFY SEATING Settle back for a bit of stargazing while seated in the style

and comfort of an outdoor lounger. And while you’re at it, why not learn the star


2. COSY FIRE Sitting around an outdoor campfire is a favourite pastime of New

Zealanders, however there is no reason why you can’t do this all year round

with a purpose-built fireplace or fire pit in your backyard. If your budget doesn’t

reach that far or space is limited, try a brazier, a Spanish style chimenea, or a

good old-fashioned metal drum.

3. ALFRESCO DINING Eating outdoors is another summer activity that can be

continued right throughout the year. Just choose a sheltered, sunny spot to set

up your table and chairs and remember to leave out blankets for each guest to

help them stay cosy and warm.

4. FAIRY LIGHTS Add some festivity to your backyard with a string or two of fairy

lights, guaranteed to bring an element of fun and magic into your outdoor living.

5. ATTRACT NATIVE BIRDS There is nothing nicer than waking up to the sound

of birdsong in the morning. Plant native trees and shrubs to attract native birds

to your garden – plant species that offer nectar, seeds and berries all year

round. Try offering fruits such as oranges, apples, and pears cut in half to attract

silvereyes, bellbird, and tui.

6. CREATE A THEMED GARDEN Bring some whimsy into your life with a fairy

garden, or how about planting a tea garden to create your own specialised

herbal teas or plant a luminous white flowering garden that really pops in the


7. INSTALL A SWING Let nostalgia take over and install a swing in your garden,

not just for the kids but for adults too. Try a single swing or a romantic swinging

garden seat.

8. GARDEN ART If you love garden art, then place some well-chosen or

homemade artistic pieces in amongst the plants.

9. LAWN GAMES Bring out the boules, croquet, golf putters, and oversized chess

pieces for some healthy outdoor competition and fun.

10. PLANT AN EDIBLE GARDEN Fill up spaces in your garden with edible trees

and plants – consider a mix of fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, herbs, and vegetables.

Remember to include space for a compost bin, too.

Look local for

electrical needs

By choosing a locally owned and operated

company, Juice Electrical, Rolleston residential

customers will not be charged for vehicle costs –

just one reason why they have been the choice of

Selwyn residents for over 17 years.

Greg Horton and his team of master electricians

provide a professional and timely service whether

it is residential, commercial or industrial, indoors or


“We are experts in fault finding, and our day-today

work in Rolleston is residential, commercial and

industrial repairs and maintenance,” says Greg.

Heading towards summer is a great time to think

about your outdoor areas and how they could be

enhanced with lights. Integrated LED lighting, says

Greg, is becoming very popular as it is a lot easier

and less expensive to install as there is no need to

dig trenches for wiring.

Outdoor options include up-lighting trees and

buildings, deck lighting and floodlights as well as

security lighting. They advise on the best type and

where they should be placed.

“We discuss the customer’s ideas with them, show

them photos of other gardens with attractive

outdoor lighting and make suggestions on how

they can make the most of their outdoor area with

a range of LED lighting options,” says Greg. He also

recommends installing sensors so lights come on

automatically as it gets dark.

“We also have Juice “pips” for turning them on from

your mobile phone.”

Next time you need an electrician look no further

than Juice Electrical. You’ll see them out and about

in their brightly coloured vans as they work hard to

look after the Selwyn district’s electrical needs. Call

Greg and the team on 03 379 6644.

Need A Spa Pool Installation

Or Some Outdoor Lighting?

Then you need to call us.

We are the experts when it comes

to lighting up and cooling down

your outdoor area this spring.

Call us today to discuss getting

your outdoor area sorted today.

No service fee for our Rolleston clients -

because we’re locals.

0800 277 275

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Salmonella, the unseen killer

at bird feeders

Words: Ian McLean, Auckland Regional Representative for Birds New Zealand

Feeding birds in the garden is a favourite past time for many New Zealand

households however few people realise that feeding birds combined with poor

hygiene can contribute to the early death of these birds.

Fluffed-up feathers are a common feature of birds with salmonella and

diseases like chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria that often infects birds.

Bird poos in and around food can cause salmonella infections and intestinal

parasites. Salmonella is an absolute killer of birds, but those birds affected do

not drop dead around your feeder, they die unseen under bushes hundreds

of metres away. To many, it is an unseen problem and there is often an

unawareness about the need to clean bird feeders.

Daily cleaning of bird feeders is essential, but unfortunately, daily cleaning is

not a normal practice for many. A study by Josie Galbraith from the University

of Auckland found that only 29% of people cleaned the feeder after two to

three days of use, whilst an additional 25% cleaned it at least once a week.

That leaves 46% of others not cleaning them after a week of use. Can you

imagine eating your dinner off the same uncleaned plate for a week?

What is clear is that bird feeding is becoming very popular and it is a large

multi-million-dollar industry. There is a belief that feeding massive amounts of

food to birds is a good thing, but is it?

Bird feeding should be done in moderation and hygienically. Below are some

suggestions on good practices with a few alternatives.

Sugar water feeders should be cleaned every day with hot water and if you

are not prepared to do that, you shouldn’t be feeding birds.

Do not use open feeding dishes, as they rapidly (sometimes within minutes) get

bird poo in them. Bird poo in the food can rapidly create a problem with both

salmonella and intestinal parasites.

Bread is junk food for birds, it’s full of carbohydrates, yeast and sugars and

should never be fed to them. Bread and food scraps only attract problematic

house sparrows, feral pigeons and mallard ducks

Any bird feeding should be done in moderation. Birds are more than capable

of finding their own food and daily feeding is not required.

Birds do not need to be fed more in winter; winter weather in this country is not

that harsh. As an example, tui, korimako/bellbird and tauhou/silvereye all live

on the subantarctic Auckland Islands and survive naturally without any food

from people.

Mass concentrations of birds around feeders cause aggression. Certain

species, like sparrows, pigeons, and starlings dominate the feeder (depending

on what you are feeding), whilst the insect-eating grey warblers and fantails

are pushed out of your garden by these more aggressive species.

Feed only natural foods. Tauhou/silvereye, do not scavenge the carcasses

of dead animals, so why would you feed them rancid balls of fat? Also, note

that commercially made energy logs and cakes are made-for-profit human

inventions that are nothing like natural bird foods.

Congregations of 10 tui or 40 tauhou/silvereyes around one feeding

receptacle might seem great, but it is a completely unnatural situation. It does

not compare to 10 tui in a large kowhai tree taking nectar from 5,000 individual

flowers. An issue with unnatural congregations of birds is that it is a sure way to

increase the spread of viruses like avian pox.

Rather than putting out bird food, plant trees, shrubs and flowers. A layered mix

of ground covers, shrubs and trees in your garden can provide insects, nectar,

fruit, seeds and shelter for many species of birds. These include the insecteating

grey warblers, fantails, welcome swallows and shining cuckoos that are

ignored and even disadvantaged by other species when you feed seed and

sugar water in your garden.

Install a bird bath in your garden. This is great for the birds, whilst it provides

you with an excellent opportunity to view them without the bird versus bird

aggression associated with bird feeders.

Let’s all make an effort to improve the health and diversity of our birds!

Tailored shade

for your outdoor area

Protecting your outdoor area from the elements during

summer or any time of the year can be as simple as giving

Mark a call at locally owned company Shadecraft.

Shadecraft specialises in custom-made shade options that

are both affordable and attractive, tailored to suit your

needs. Options for protection against the weather include

shade sails, louvres, wave shades, eclipse canopies,

umbrellas and drop blinds with a large range of sizes and a

myriad of colours.

The high-quality Eclipse canopy is extremely popular,

protecting an outdoor area from all weather conditions,

but still allowing for natural light. These can also be fitted

with drop blinds to fully enclose the area.

Shade sails are another popular choice; they provide

protection from the sun during the hot Canterbury

summers and visually enhance the area while you are

outside relaxing with family and friends.

If you are considering enhancing your outdoor area for the

warmer months or need some advice on what would work

in your space, contact Shadecraft at 0800 742 332, 0274

981239 or visit their website at www.shadecraft.co.nz.



Shadecraft is a

locally owned company

who specialise in

shade and weather

protection products to

enhance your homes

design and use of

outdoor areas.

ShadeCraft (SI) Ltd • 0800 742 332 • Cell 0274 981 239 • www.shadecraft.co.nz

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Smashed flower art

Smashed or pounded flowers are the latest craze for people who love flowers and crafts. Not only do they make wonderful cards and prints to frame but they

are also cheap and easy to do. Have fun experimenting with different flowers, plants and papers.


Collect a variety of flowers

to smash. Pansies work

really well – their delicate

lines and colours transfer

easily onto paper.



remove the

paper and,

using a knife

with a pointy

end, gently

remove the

flattened flower



Remove the stems and

place the flower heads face

down onto paper. Arrange

in a pleasing design and

cover with another sheet of

paper – baking paper or a

paper towel. Hold in place

and gently tap your hammer

or mallet over them, taking

care to make sure the flowers

are completely flattened.


Voila! You now have your smashed flower design.

Outline with pen to create a unique piece of art.

Try different flower and leaves to create a variety of patterns and

arrangements – carrot tops make an excellent foliage design.

When you’re

in the zone and

need to get jobs

done, drop into

Our Zone for all

your hire needs

and landscape


Your friendly, locally owned and operated machine hire

and landscape supplier located in Rolleston


03 347 0450 | hire@73hire.co.nz

790 Jones Road

03 347 0560 | sales@73hire.co.nz

1 Hoskyns Road

(next door to 73 Hire)

Get into the zone

From a blank canvas of a new build

or a refresh of your garden, 73 Hire

now has the answer for all your

landscaping needs at their newly

opened Landscape Zone on Hoskyns

Road, Rolleston.

With the addition of the Landscape

Zone, local owners Les and Cath

Barnett have provided a onestop

shop for your landscaping

requirements. The zone stocks a large

range of landscaping products, with

the hire yard conveniently located

next door supplying any equipment

you might need.

You can buy mulch, bark, topsoil,

compost, CalciZest, crusher dust,

decorative stones and chip by the

scoop (0.3 or 0.5 cm³) and hire onsite

trailers specific for transporting

landscape products or discuss delivery

options. The Landscape Zone also

stocks bagged products, including

lawn seed, Flower and Garden

Restore, Vege Grow, potting mix,

cement and even kiln-dried wood.

If you’re looking to add something

different to your garden, sleepers,

decorative wagon wheels, or wine

barrels are stocked. The Landscape

Zone is always on the lookout for a

garden art piece or quirky item to

cater to individual tastes.

With such an extensive range of

products, there is plenty of choice for

home gardeners to get their gardens

growing and looking fantastic.

For all your landscaping needs, visit

the team at the Landscape Zone at 1

Hoskyns Rd, entrance 2nd drive on the

right from the Hoskyns Road lights, next

to the 73 Hire yard. Open Monday

to Saturday 7.30-5 pm. For queries,

phone 03 347 0560 or visit www.73hire.


LANDSCAPE, timber & firewood SUPPLIES

We supply

& deliver

We welcome

retail & trade





Our wide range includes:

• Compost & soil conditioners

• Decorative stones / boulders

• River stones

• Sands, basecourse & aggregates

• Barks & mulches

• Bagged cements

• Pavers / Westland schist

• We supply and deliver firewood

• Yard sales

• Bagged wood

• Boot loads

• Charcoal – Restaurant / Domestic

• WINZ quotes available

• Residential fencing

• Structural

• Stakes & pegs

• Decking

• Hardware

• Sleepers – Macrocarpa

• Planter boxes

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Locally owned & operated



Open 7 days Mon-Sat 7.15am-5pm Sun 8am-4pm

Your local

spring planting


Southern Woods, proudly part of the Selwyn

community for over a generation.

Southern Woods Nursery prides its team on their local

knowledge and is the place to go for all things plant


Selwyn homeowners are lucky to have virtually have

everything they need to beautify and extend their gardens

right on their doorstep. A visit to Southern Woods can

provide plenty of inspiration - and expert advice from the

friendly team.

“Many of our staff live nearby, which means that

have an understanding of which plants suit your

property’s location, soil type and aspect,” says Business

Development Manager Rico Mannall. “Selwyn is a diverse

district, with plenty of tricky planting sites.”

“It’s been great to see all the growth across Selwyn, we

really appreciate the support from all our customers,” Rico

says. “Our local commitment extends to sourcing from

Selwyn suppliers and businesses where we can.”

The purpose-built retail store is filled with a huge

range of options for ground cover, hedging, deciduous

trees, bushes and grasses, along with spots of colour

to add focus. Two demo Winter Gardenz architectural

glasshouses have recently been installed as a great New

Zealand-made option for frost tender species.

Millions of plants are grown on site and looked after by

the team of 50 dedicated staff who are on hand to help

and provide great advice based on their many years in

the business.

If you are unsure exactly what you are looking for,

Southern Woods’ team of landscape architects can

help make your selection even easier with on-site

consultations and planting plans. Another option is to take

in your existing landscape plan and they can help with

plant sourcing and species suitabiliity for your section.

Southern Woods stocks a great selection of products

to refresh your garden, including premium tools, bark,

fertiliser, compost, disease control products and potting


Delivery can be arranged across New Zealand and is a

popular option for many customers.

Visit the Southern Woods website at southernwoods.

co.nz or give the friendly team a call on 0800 800 352.

Or, even better, pop in for a visit at 1002 Robinsons Road

for some inspiration and new ideas for your next planting


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Visit our

Great Plant Centre

Child and Dog friendly

Open 7 days

Spring planting tips

Spring is the one of the best planting seasons. This time

of year is an ideal time to plant most species.

Preparation is everything

Remember to prepare your soil before planting. You may

need to dig out marginal soils and bring in extra nutrition.

Mix in plenty of compost and gypsum for best results.

Protect from pests and diseases

Pests and diseases thrive as your garden grows.

Use Neem granules and oil to help ward off any nasties.

It’s the perfect time to mulch

Keeps the moisture in and the weeds out. See our friends at

Intelligro for great advice and mulch supply.

A great time to fertilise

As plants re-enter their growth phase, they need lots of

nutrition. We recommend Grotabs slow release fertiliser and

Yates Thrive Liquid Fish & Seaweed.

Need help?

See our expert team for free quotes, plant sourcing

landscape design, consultations and much more.

Open 7 Days - 1002 Robinsons Road, Between Templeton & Rolleston - Phone 0800 800 352 - Order Online New Zealand Wide southernwoods.co.nz

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