Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Special guests at Highwic Plant Fair

March 4


Special guests at Highwic Plant Fair

Two very special guests will be attending this year’s Highwic Plant Fair (March 16) this year.

Lynda Hallinan – Editor at Large of New Zealand Gardener magazine, columnist and gardening blogger extraordinaire – will have a stall at this specialty event designed for keen gardeners and plant collectors, and will give a free talk to people attending the Plant Fair. Lynda will also be selling some of her plant stock and produce from her Hunua property.

Alexa Johnston – author of the iconic Ladies, A Plate series of books – will also attend the fair and will talk about the best fruits and veges to use as preserves and jams; the subject of her most recent book – with personally autographed copies on sale.

“As well as these wonderfully entertaining and knowledgeable people, the Plant Fair will bring together a selected group of small specialty growers and groups who will showcase all manner of special plant treasures of real interest to keen gardeners and passionate plant collectors – including plants, bulbs, shrubs, trees, vegetables and flowers,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“Most of these growers’ plants are not available at retail outlets so this is a great chance to find them all in one place without having to drive for miles.”

Last year, one of the most popular items was slices of bright orange French market pumpkin, and Alan Clarke – ‘the pumpkin man’ – will be back again with his seasonal produce.

“Last year’s fair was very well supported and we’re confident that this year’s event will be even bigger and better,” says Cheryl.

Plants for sale will all be suitable for growing in the Auckland climate and would-be purchasers will have a chance to speak first hand with a group of incredibly knowledgeable specialty growers such as Kellydale Nurseries selling rare bulbs, Sandra Simpson who specialises in Clivias; Russell Hutton with his orchids, and other growers selling tropical plants, bromeliads, tsillandias, rare perennials and more.

Some of the growers will also give short talks on their product including cultivation tips and new varieties. A great pop-up café for those seeking refreshment will be available along with a plant crèche. People will also have ample opportunity to view the beautiful gardens and the historic house Highwic, while the fair runs from 8.30am – 4pm.

Entrance to the Highwic Plant Fair will cost $10 per adult (including NZHPT members); children are free. Admission also gives entry to Highwic.

There is some parking available for elderly and disabled – just let Highwic staff know at the gate, otherwise recommended parking options include parking at 277 or the Farmers carpark, with pedestrian entrance from Mortimer Pass.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news