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Cuttings Friday and closing for winter

Our last cuttings morning will be held on Friday 20 July 2018 – 9.30am-noon. The Southland Community Nursery will then be closed on Fridays until Friday 7 September 2018.


Matariki Night – 23 June 2018

We had a great Matariki celebration in the Education Centre on Saturday night. Around 50 people came and joined with Kiwi Conservation Club kids in making lanterns, Matariki music and song, toasting marshmallows and enjoying shared food. Lanterns were made from glass jars with Matariki designs and stones painted.

A quiet moment of reflection in the dark was led by Linda – and encouraged everyone to think about things that had happened in the previous year and what was to look forward to in the new season.

Even the stars and the planets were out and we all enjoyed seeing them through Lloyd’s telescopes.

Thanks to Bronwyn for organising the KCC activities and to Linda and Ray for running the artwork table for lanterns, to Liam and Brian for laying out the silver ferns leading people through the tracks and to Lloyd for showing people the stars with his telescope and to everyone for joining in the fun and providing some very yummy food to share.


Seeds and Cuttings and Matariki

The Nursery is open again on Fridays until 13 July 2018 when we will close again until 7 September 2018. At the moment we will be sowing seeds (that Linda has worked on cleaning and preparing) and then we will progress to cuttings. Winter is a great time to plan your project and prepare your planting site for action in spring. Having a spell in winter is also good for you – to recharge the batteries as nature is doing before its all on again in spring! To celebrate the ending of one year and looking forward to the new season we are having a Matariki Night on Saturday – details below.

Saturday 23 June 2018 - Matariki Night Celebration. BYO food and drinks to share at Community Nursery Education Centre 5.30pm-7.30pm. Park at 183 Grant Road carpark and follow the trail to the Education Centre. KCC Children’s activities from 5.30pm (but adults feel free to join in!). Bring along a lantern or a glass jar to make a lantern and torches and dress warmly for some star gazing! Contacts Chris 2131161 or Bronwyn 2130017.

While I was away!

Some of you will probably know I have been away in the UK since March saying my last farewell to my lovely Mum Marjorie. I am having a bit of trouble adjusting both to the loss and going from winter to spring and back to winter again!

But…. The Nursery continued in my absence thanks to our fantastic group of supporters and friends. While I was away the following events were held:

  • School Teachers workshop with Pat Hoffman and Mark Oster (6 April 2018)
  • Kiwi Conservation Club activities with Bronwyn (March-May 2018)
  • School groups with Bronwyn (March-May 2018)
  • Weaving Workshops with Kelly (14 and 21 April 2018)
  • Native Plant ID workshops with Jesse (23 and 27 April 2018)
  • Print Making Workshop with Jo Ogier (5 May 2018)
  • Apple Pressing with Malcolm, Brian, Ray and Linda (11 May 2018)
  • Body products from Natural Materials Workshop with Honorlea (12 May 2018)
  • Seed cleaning and nursery activities with Linda and Ray (March-May 2018)

Thanks to all those good people and to others who have helped keep the thing afloat while I was absent! It proves that the “Community” part of the Community Nursery is alive and well.

We also said goodbye to Antonio and Darla who had been staying with us, as they headed to Wellington in search of work and further opportunities. We wish them well for the future. We look forward to using the “Brazilian drums” we have had made by Darren Scott, to Darla’s fathers designs! Chris

Printmaking Workshop with Jo Ogier 5-6 May 2018

Again this year we were privileged to have Jo Ogier come down from Christchurch to tutor a two day workshop on Printmaking. I wish I had been there to watch as the results of peoples work over the two days look amazing. Thanks Jo for another excellent workshop. Watch this space as we are planning another workshop later in the year. Chris

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