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Grow your own decadent desserts with NZ Gardener

29 October 2007

Grow your own decadent desserts with NZ Gardener

You can almost taste summer in the November issue of NZ Gardener.

With the Ellerslie International Flower Show now just three weeks away (14-18 November), the November issue of NZ Gardener offers a sneak preview of the magazine's decadent dessert garden at this year's show.

Designed by award-winning landscape designer Trina Tully, the garden shows how to grow your own fruit salads this summer - even in a small space.

"By planting dwarf fruit trees and training berries over climbing frames, you can grow a delicious variety of edible plants in an urban courtyard. We've also published Trina's design plan in the magazine so you can recreate our show garden at your place," says editor Lynda Hallinan.

The decadent dessert theme continues with food editor Alessandra Zecchini's clever recipes for strawberries and blueberries, while Barbara Lea Taylor grows roses you can eat. Rose petals can be crystallised for cakes or turned into rose petal jams.

New Zealand Gardener also meets two Cantabrians foraging for wild elderflowers and elderberries to make old-fashioned preserves and cordials.

The North Island Garden of the Month is Trenrose Paeony Garden at Tikokino in the Hawke's Bay, where Rosemary and Trevor Rendle have amassed a collection of 7000 gorgeous herbaceous paeonies for picking.

The South Island Garden of the month is Kathleen Fleck's evocative cottage garden in Arrowtown, Central Otago.

New Zealand Gardener also features Arne Cleland's Southland garden, the Porirua Farmers' Market and Neil Ross writes about perennial campanulas.

Plus every issue includes the free official NZ Gardener Ellerslie Flower Show programme - an essential guide for making the most of the annual garden extravaganza.


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