Ayrlies Plant Fair
A big thank you to all the keen gardeners local and afar (buses from Tauranga and Paparoa), friends and supporters that came out to Ayrlies and purchased top quality plants nurtured by a fabulous line-up of twenty specialist plant growers. Please show off your new plants to your friends and encourage them to come along next year. The number of people that enjoyed walking the garden and wetland on sunny Friday and showery Saturday was awesome.
A special thank you to the ‘invisibles’: Secretary of Auckland Horticulture Council Diane Griffin; writers, editors and authors of promotional pieces, Kate Preece Kiwi Gardener, Jo McCarroll and Barbara Smith New Zealand Gardener, Kate Coughlan and Ann Warnock NZ Life & Leisure, Lynda Hallinan, Helen Perry Eastlife, Kirsty Cameron The Hobson, Fran Pardon Pohutukawa Coast Times, Penny Twiss Valley Voice, Nick Krause Howick and Pakuranga Times, Botany and Ormiston Times, Phil Granger Turanga Newsreel, Penny Cliffon and Deb Hardy Garden Design Society NZ, Jack Hobbs and Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Kerei Thompson (Bark Ltd), Yvonne Baker and Liz Morrow NZ Gardens Trust and Omaio, and Eloise Eagles for design of the Plant Fair flier.
To the specialist Plant Growers, the unsung heroes of NZ gardening who propagated and packed their wonderful plants and drove miles to set up at Ayrlies for two days: Kate Jury Seaflowers Nursery; Debbie and Clive Sisam Puriri Lane; Wendy Begbie Amazing Iris Garden; Bev and Lester Ching Pandora Bromeliads; McGregor Subtropicals Matapouri; Lindsey and Terry Hatch Joy Plants; Sarah Yates, Martin Keay, Tom Bowden and many more Heritage Roses AKL Society members; Jan Barnett Amore Roses; Ian and Marion Riddell Clandon Daffodils; Margaret Mathews and Dave Dawson, Diane and Lucy Timmins Aztec Partners, Jack Hobbs, Bronwen Rowse and many more Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Peter Cave of Peter Cave Nursery, Wendy Woolford Harrisville Heights, Rebeca Balemi Koru Gardens, Lynda Hallinan Foggydale Farm, Adrienne and Gary Dalton Te Whangai Trust and for the support of Graeme Windross Zealandia.
And to the mighty team of twenty-five volunteers including the maître-de BBQ Ross Robertson, you made the days hum. We rely on you and couldn’t hold the event without you, a very warm thank you!