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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.

KCC Matariki Celebrations – 17 June 2017

A wonderful turn out of families celebrated Matariki through shared kai, stories and art! It was a mild evening to come together around the fire for a story before cooking our marshmallow and chocolate stuffed bananas in the embers. They were yummy! The cloud cover meant the glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of the education centre again came in useful so that we could star spot, before creating our own night sky art. We finished the evening by presenting a Matariki themed birthday cake to Lloyd Esler and then going on a night walk with Lloyd to the sounds of frogs and morepork (the fogs were real, the morepork a soft toy squeaking!).

The evening continued with more shared food, real mulled wine replacing the fruit punch and the traditional swede carving! It is still a wondrous thing to turn out the lights and see the swedes transformed into glowing lanterns. We look forward to the new season with great anticipation.

Bronwyn and Chris

Waihopai Playcentre 6 June 2017

The freezing cold frost created a winter wonderland for us to explore. After doing handprints in the frost we
spotted the last remaining apples in the orchard before checking out the vegetable beds (including the biggest carrot you’ve ever seen!), berry houses and worm farm. The hens were fed and then it was time for kai for us. A walk around the pond ended with lots of cold hands and feet, which were warmed back in the education centre with stamping games and the spider puzzle. A great morning of winter exploration. Bronwyn

Learn to prune your apple trees - 2 July 2017

2 July 2017 - Apple Pruning with Guytons - 2 sessions 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm at Southland Community Nursery, Otatara. Learn all about heritage apple varieties, the Southland Open Orchard project, how to recognise a fruiting spur and all about rootstock, equipment and techniques needed for pruning and do some hands on pruning at Rances. Subsidised by the Community Nursery - Only $5 per person - Bookings Essential – 12 people per session – first come first served - contact


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