Te Horo Talk April 2016

R_TeHoroTe Horo Garden Group

Te Horo-based Sharon Hurst started a garden club more than a year ago, “because I love living in Te Horo, but as a rural community we needed a reason to meet.” The steadily growing Te Horo Garden Group now has 62 members who meet and visit a local garden every month.

“Most of our community live down long drives. We often don’t see even the neighbours regularly. A common interest group is a great way to connect – and who doesn’t love to walk around a garden?”

As well as visiting some of the many “glorious, private gardens” in Te Horo, the group shares tips, techniques, knowledge, plant material and seeds. Sharon says the key element in establishing the group was to avoid committees, minutes, and paperwork.

“The joy of our group is that there are no memberships to pay or meetings to attend. Members can just turn up if they are free — and don’t have to apologise if they aren’t.”

Te Horo district stretches from sand and sea to dark, often shade-covered hills, and gardens reflect the particular climate (rainfall, wind variations and frost levels), and also different soil conditions.

“We are fortunate to have amazing gardens in our community, and that our members are happy to share their space for an afternoon.”

Visits cover a range of properties, from picture-perfect, with “amazing structure or colour palette” to practical, family gardens “created in a relaxed style.” Many are productive (and organic), growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.

The group provides an opportunity to discover a new garden each month, and to talk about gardening and plants with people who live in your area. It’s a chance to learn from others and share a love of gardening.

Te Horo Garden Group visit a garden each month on the afternoon of the second Tuesday. For further information, or to be added to the invitation list, contact sharonizzy@xtra.co.nz or 06 364 3624.

Te Horo Country Market

The monthly community market on Sunday, 3 April, 10.00am to 12.30pm, at Te Horo Hall. A chance to check out Te Horo’s great range of locally grown produce and products.

Swiss ball classes

Every Tuesday at Te Horo Hall, from 9.15am to 10.15am. A fitness class for all ages and abilities. Contact Carola 021 060 6094.

Drinks and Nibbles

The monthly BYO at Te Horo Hall, Friday, 1 April, 5.30pm. Bring a plate of finger food to share and something to drink.