For the financial year 1 April 2021 to end of March 2022, the Heritage Gardeners contributed 512 volunteer hours in the garden.

March

 Churton Park school

Churton Park primary school children came down to the Halfway House as part of their history studies.

The children split into three groups taking turns to learn about the vegetables and flowers in the garden, draw the historic Halfway House and go for a bush walk.

Highlights in the vegetable garden were the Jerusalem Artichokes, a root vegetable native to the North American prairie. This plant is from the sunflower family and grows very tall! The children were also amazed when an urenika potato was snapped in half to reveal it’s bright purple flesh. 

February

Ranger Guides

Ranger guides

Johnsonville Ranger Guides visited the garden and took pot marigold seedlings home to grow. 

Tawa U3A

 Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A enjoying one of our Heritage Garden Walk & Talk events at the garden.

Fernery

Fernery in February 2022

Site proposed for the fernery

The fernery is our project for 2022, thanks to a generous donation from the Johnsonville Garden Club.

In the first edition of Gardening for New Zealand (1885), author Michael Murphy wrote that the fernery was usually a favourite spot in the garden, its seclusion and coolness providing a refreshing change to the body and mind.