June 2018

Celia Wade-Brown planting pink flowering chestnut

Afternoon tea in the historic Halfway House

Former Mayor Celia Wade-Brown planted two flowering chestnuts, a red and a pink, in the Halfway House heritage garden on Sunday, 10th May, 2018. The ceremony was followed by afternoon tea. During Celia’s term of office, from 2010-2016, she enabled the renovation of the house and provided a Mayoral grant for the heritage garden.

May 2018

Arbinnovations felling the big mac at the Halfway House

Photo: Paul Bicknell

The big macrocarpa comes down. This tree was at risk of falling on the house. Its removal will give the garden four additional hours of sunshine in winter. A champion project well executed by Arbinnovations who had to protect the house and electric wiring and allow access to users of the shared driveway.

Trimmed lawsoniana

Arbinnovations turned a scrubby lawsoniana into a feature tree with some deft chain-sawing. Well done team!

rose arbour, constructed by Graeme Henderson, builder

Graeme Henderson and the rose arbour he built for the heritage gardeners at the Halfway House.  Graeme is the son of a farming family from Otago. The Browns, who built the Halfway House, also hailed from Otago. 

March 2018

 Gwavas Garden homestead

Heritage fruit and heritage seed from Central Hawke's Bay were collected for Glenside's heritage garden in March. These were a crown of rhubarb from Waipawa, originally grown by Jack Coles at Ongaonga; parsnip seed, from c1880 parsnips, which are growing wild on an Ongaonga roadside; and 1890 raspberries 'semper fidelis' from Gwavas Garden Homestead, which were  originally planted by A.S.G. Carlyon of Gwavas. Pictured - Gwavas homestead in early autumn when the Glenside gardener's visited.

February 2018

In the garden

A mid-summer morning in the garden. Heritage gardeners on the orchard path. Love this image!

Heritage apples for sale

Selling heritage apples to raise funds for plants