Garden Convenorís Annual Report
It is my pleasure
to present the Heritage Park Garden Management Committee Report
on behalf of the committee for 2018.
After the heady
rush of conference preparation and hosting it was most relaxing
to begin the year in February with a BBQ for conference garden
owners and helpers. On reflection the spin-off from conference
has been most rewarding. Heritage Park has proved itself to be a
rhododendron garden of note amongst rhododendron circles. We had
park directors, plant experts, garden designers attending
conference, and all were most complimentary of the garden, and
were willing to return as management would appreciate their
evaluation and assistance. Issues such as our conservation
collections, rhododendron rejuvenation and the challenges of
sustaining volunteer gardening!
Conference is a wonderful
place to renew friendships and to share information. We are
fortunate to have Heritage Park members on the Conservation
Committee with Lindsay Davies as Chairman. This is proving
invaluable in sourcing endangered NZ hybrids rhododendrons. Our
conference plants propagated by Rodney Wilson was one way we put
into action the sharing of endangered plant material. In some
instances, there is only one existing plant and the following
rhododendrons have been spread around NZ; R.` Kit Collierí R.`
Catherine Fairbankí, R.` Catherine Collier x nuttallii. Forth
coming conference planners have taken up the batten and are
propagating endangered plants.
Sue Davies and
Rodney Wilson continue to propagate our plants and we are
especially grateful to Sue and Lindsay who have spent
considerable time, energy and money collecting cuttings from
around the country. Sue has recently added sixty species to be
planted in the species block. Planting is slow as we have learnt
from bitter experience that rabbit guards are needed. Plants
without a guard are quickly reduced to sticks.
also attracted new members and we are pleased most are local.
Management will leave the Conference financial gain to the
treasurer, only to add we can provide the shopping list!
Robinsonís services were called upon before conference as we
battled with the extra work created by the massive snow dump
last July and the damage it caused. Management was very proud of
the response from all the Heritage Park team, resulting in the
garden being tidy for visitors. Alison Short arranged for our
snow damaged slash to be mulched by council in our car park,
saving us time and energy in not having to branches to the
village depot. Fraser has this year cut out seedling trees,
large trees shading areas and conifers. This was a very slick
operation with the Heritage families taking suitable timber away
and the rest being offered for firewood. Management is very
grateful for Fraserís mulching machine, which he so generously
allows us to use, resulting in quick tidy ups. Hopefully we will
have one more session with Fraser this year to selectively cut
out the over planted back northern boundary, in preparation for
an access track to be widen, this coming summer.
Rhododendron Hybrid Collections
hybrids are doing well in the gardens at the top of the path
down into the park. We are looking for two more plants one being
due to shading are to be culled and the latest new azaleas from
Cross Hills and Blue Mountain Nurseries be added to the garden
where the conifers have been removed.
garden has been sprayed and straw put on the beds in preparation
for planting. Management appreciated the advice given by Gordon
Collier as to where to site the gardens. We wanted the design to
tie in with the front border, show casing plants and
rhododendrons suitable for smaller gardens.
Sixty to be added
to the species gardens.
The two main
information panels were erected before the conference, with the
final two being funded by Eastern and Central Community Trust.
They have been most supportive of this project and have funded
all the signs within the garden. Sonia Frimmel from Pirongia, in
the Waikato, has designed and organised the construction of the
Late last year we
had Mike Wells, stump grinder, demolish five stumps in lawns
around the garden, greatly improving the ease of mowing lawns.
The most recent trees removed have been in garden beds so not so
urgent to get rid of stumps.
The container area
has been tidied up and put into lawn, with the metal track
The north corner has had a big team go in and pull out
seedling gums, Himalayan fuchsia, conifers and tree Lucerne in
preparation for future planting of big leaf rhododendrons. As
access is rather difficult this area will remain rather wild
until trees, shrubs and rhododendrons grow. A proposed crossing
may be put in when we can get Tony McIntyre to return to deal
with other work delayed because of wet conditions.
Our plants people
took part in the inaugural Kimbolton Sculptural Festival which
was most successful and raised a sum of $550. Thank you to Daryl
and Linda Rowan and Mary Manning.
Management is very
appreciative of work done by trustee Albert James who keeps us
up to date with health and safety requirements. Albert comes
from a background of park management and is familiar with
procedures and recording.
As convenor I would
like to thank all on the team, management, trustees and
volunteers. There is a very cooperative spirit amongst the team
and I am grateful to folk who come up to the park outside
working bees to complete tasks. Iím sure all the activity at
Heritage Park keeps us fit and healthy!
Mike and I took
over out duties in 2013 and we would now like to find someone to
take over our roles. We both love Heritage Park; the only
negative is the distance we must travel from Te Kuiti and the
difficulty of dealing with some issues from the King Country. We
have become school holidays grandparents in Hobart and this is
beginning to clash with our duties. I am happy to assist a new
convenor over the coming year.
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