Green fingers galore flock to garden fair

00:00, Nov 19 2012
Garden Week
Eight year old Brook Plank of Nelson assists Chris Fortune, Marlborough chef and NZ Farmers Market chairperson, in the Kids Can Cook demonstration during the Nelson Growables Garden Fair at Founders Heritage Park on Sunday.

A mid-afternoon hailstorm yesterday added to the spring atmosphere at an event that wrapped up Nelson Growables Garden Week.

The Nelson Growables Garden Fair at Founders Heritage Park, which featured more than 80 stands of plants and gardening equipment, was a "fabulous day", attracting about 3000 people to the event, organiser Jo Reilly said today.

"It was great. It was a fabulous day. We had some very happy shoppers and I saw plenty of plants going out the door.

"We even survived a hailstorm and we had some weather-related incidents, but gardeners are hardy souls," Ms Reilly said.

There were some new stands which added to the popularity of experts giving demonstrations.

The Kids Can Cook demonstration, headed by Marlborough chef Chris Fortune, was especially popular.


The week is designed to celebrate gardening in the lead-up to the finale garden fair.

Throughout the week there were garden tours and workshops, and visits to nurseries not normally open to the public.

Highlights included guided tours of the Queens Gardens and Huangshi Gardens, commercial nurseries, Neudorf Mushrooms and impressive private gardens.

Stands at yesterday's fair featured plants for sale, garden tools and equipment, garden art and display gardens, and the Nelson Horticultural Society Rose and Iris Show.

Ms Reilly said, although it was a good-sized crowd, it was slightly down on the previous year, possibly because of other events on in the region.

"We had some very happy gardeners there, with all the expert gardeners there to consult with them. It's a good-quality event. We're really happy with it."

The Nelson Mail