News and Events

Community Nursery closed for Winter

The Nursery will now be closed until Friday 22 September. Happy planning for your projects during winter and we will look forward to spring planting and lots of activity in the nursery. There was lots of activity today but nothing to do with plants! Chris

Otatara Kindy 5 July 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017 - Otatara Kindergarten. A fine but cold wintry morning saw 10 nature discovery children arrive ready to explore the Southland Community Nursery environs. We followed the signs through the orchard and past the vege gardens to the education centre where the children were wondrously engaged in the tunnel, opening the doors to see what was there! We had a meeting (just like they do every week at nature discovery) talking about keeping ourselves safe then it was off around the pond. We pulled up the nets from the pond to find a koura (freshwater cray) and some water insects which we looked at in detail. Along the track we looked at different leaves, talked about how special our native plants are, and spotted the piwakawaka (fantail) flitting around us. After some kai it was back out exploring around the bush track hugging 400 yr old kahikatea, listening for birds and sludging through the swamp forest. Back at the pond the ducks has arrived so we gave them a feed before finishing up and heading home. A wonderful morning and we all had fun with a delightful group of children, thanks Kim.

Bronwyn and Chris

Apple Pruning Workshop 2 July 2017

A group of 14 people attended the Pruning workshop on the afternoon of Sunday 2 July 2017. Like last year the weather was atrocious and Robert Guyton did a great job explaining the pruning process from the relative comfort of the Education Centre. A slide show explaining the open orchard project and the grafting process was shown to participants. Then we all went out and had the chance to examine and then prune some of Rances apple trees. Lots of questions showed the interest people had in learning the techniques, recognising fruiting spurs, and learning about scions and rootstock, and pruning for fruit, size and shape. It was an excellent afternoon – thanks Robert.


James Hargest visit Monday 26 June 2017

On a chilly morning Monday 26 June 2017 over 30 year 9 and 10 James Hargest students came to the nursery to learn how to propagate native plants from seeds and cuttings. After an introduction and walk through the frozen orchard and nursery the group were divided into two with Bronwyn and Amy leading their group to the restoration area – discussing creating habitats, planting requirements and collecting seeds (the few still available – kohuhu, Manuka and koromiko) and then cutting material from broadleaf and koromiko. The highlight was seeing 12 newly hatched ducklings on the pond!

Meanwhile back in the Education Centre Chris and Linda talked about the different types of seed and then proceeded to have a hands-on session creating cuttings of tree fuchsia and then Hebe elliptica and broadleaf. It is hoped that some of the information and hands on experience will help the group bring their school riparian project into fruition.

Apple Pruning, Soap Making, Art Workshops with Jo Ogier

Apple Pruning with Guytons, Soap Making with Honorlea, Art Workshops with Jo Ogier - these are the next workshops to be held at the Community Nursery. See details in the Workshops Section of this website.

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