Daffodils for Fairhall

Emily Hole, 9, gets a sneak peek at the Timara Lodge garden, which will be opened for a Fairhall School fundraiser next ...
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Emily Hole, 9, gets a sneak peek at the Timara Lodge garden, which will be opened for a Fairhall School fundraiser next Sunday.

The public will get the chance to enjoy a field of golden daffodils at Timara Lodge next Sunday, for an annual Fairhall School fundraiser. 

Head gardener Nicola MacDonald said between 20,000 and 30,000 daffodil bulbs had been planted, and over 500 were added each year. 

The garden was 25 acres, of which 8 were established garden. The rest of the area was more of a natural setting. 

Usually the lodge garden was private, but twice a year, for the Fairhall fundraiser and for Nelmac Garden Marlborough, gates were opened to the public. There was birdlife to enjoy and other flowers like magnolias, winter roses and camelias, as well as daffodils. 

"It's just a perfect, tranquil place." 

Trees were first planted on the property by Redwood Goulter in 1910, and some of the trees in the garden were 100 years old.

Sometimes about 800 people came to the park over the course of the day, MacDonald said. 

"I always look forward to it," she said.

The day is organised by parents, caregivers and volunteers group Friends of Fairhall School. Spokesperson Jo Grigg said the event always seemed to be very popular. Devonshire teas would be sold on the day, she said. 

The visit to the garden was started by Plunket but Fairhall School had run the event since 2006. It usually raised between $4000 and $7000. 

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Fairhall School principal Steve Crockett said this year the money would be spent on "science and sustainability" resources, and developing the school library. 

*Entry to Timara Lodge garden on Dog Point Rd is $5 per person with free entry for primary school children and younger. Gates are open from 1-4pm on September 6, cash only. In the event of heavy rain the day will be postponed until September 13. 

 - The Marlborough Express

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