October 2018

Lori and Mac planting hazel trees

Lori and Mac McAllister planted three hazel trees in memory of early settlers Adam and Janet Reid, and their daughter Margaret. The Reid's came to live at The Halfway soon after arriving in New Zealand in 1840. The hazel represents Glasgow, the city in Scotland they migrated from. Janet died soon after arriving. Her daughter was then aged seven and later orphaned at the age of 17. She married a Wanganui soldier and was the first pakeha (white) woman to live in Patea. At the age of 38, she was the first white woman to be buried there. 

Patricia in the garden

Heritage gardener Patricia, enjoys a stroll through the garden in spring.

Lorna planting Solomon's Seal. This ancient plant is known for its medicinal and healing properties.

September 2018

Paul planting heritage kumara taputini. In the early days of settlement, the Maori people from the Otaki gardens would trade their vegetables with settlers living along the track between Porirua and Wellington.

orchard pathway

The orchard pathway in spring. During the winter we lined it with early settler totara fenceposts, hand split by men working at Glen Appin farm, Ongaonga, more than 100 years ago. Gifted by Ted Bibby of Glen Appin.

August 2018

 Old stump lifted into place

An old man pine took on a new lease of life as a feature in the garden. The stump was removed from the entrance to the Glenside Reserve horse paddocks to make room for a shed for an emergency water supply. The Heritage Gardeners asked if the stump could be retained as a feature in the garden, instead of being trucked to a landfill.

In the photo from left: Harley Pilalas, Wellington Pipe Lines; Simon Small, Griffiths Civil Build Ltd; Steve Patterson, Patterson’s Heavy Haul; Claire Bibby, Heritage Gardeners; Matt Robertson, Wellington City Council; Carolyn Lutter, Heritage Gardeners.

 St Brigid's school pupils moving mulch

In early August, a class of 30 St Brigid's school students helped out by moving and spreading a mountain of mulch to protect new plants.

Teacher Lorna Webb said the Year 7 and 8 pupils (aged 11-12) were participating in the school's on-going focus "connecting with community through service". She said the project was an ideal one for the students, who like to get physically involved.

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