Sowing the seeds for gardening greatness

22:30, Nov 11 2012
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Matthew Toomata of the Marlborough District Brass Band on Euphonium.
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Sherryn Edwards of Lavender Fields in the Wairau Valley
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Sandie Hayward and Nikki Cooper of Nelson, try on hats.
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Ruth and Alice Pratt, 6, from Tasman Bay Roses have a break.
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Georgie Hickin, 13 months with mum Loren admiring the flowers.
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Melissa Basset of the Pot Shed, Rapaura.
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Theresa Boyd and Carol Fissenden
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George Aitken, 14, Isaac Powell, 13, and Josh Powell, 15
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Nicola Rodgerson from Garden Perennials.
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Hunter's Garden Marlborough fete in Seymour Square, Blenheim.
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Dorothy Baxter and Alison Knight of Picton choose plants at a stall.
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Andrew Balcombe, 5, enjoys an ice cream.
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Holly Taylor, 3, in a hammock.
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Hamish and Angie Beard of Dartington Barn
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Tracey Fitzpatrick of Blenheim at the Christmas Time stall
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Fanny Adams owner Toni Adams
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Kay Jackson of Blenheim
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Debbie Marshall of Nelson chooses plants at a stall.
Ruth Pretty
Ruth Pretty at Hunter's Garden Marlborough

The Hunter's Garden Marlborough Stihl Garden Fete is a big day for small home-based business Garden Perennials.

Blenheim women Nicola Rodgerson started the potted seedling business 20 years ago so she could spend more time with her young children.

About 120 trays of 20 plants are potted for the show - a mix of classic favourites such as irises and dahlias, and something a little bit out of the ordinary.

"I always try to have something different because we get the same people back year after year and I like to surprise them."

Mrs Rodgerson has had a stall at the fete for the last 16 years.

Sales yesterday were about on par with last year, with about 100 trays of plants sold, she said.

As always, irises were the most popular, but she was surprised to sell out of dianthuses, a cousin of the carnation.

"I believe gardens are an extension of your personality, but a lot of people tend to follow the trends and plant what's fashionable."

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