Toe toe the line on pampas

Here in our fertile lush region everything grows like a weed, including the weeds.

As you would expect in a warm temperate part of the world, we have a huge variety of pest plants.

There are the classic creepers and stranglers like jasmine, honeysuckle and convolvulus that choke the plants that we’re trying to grow, and the dreaded privet trees with their ghastly flowers making us ill.

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Club welcomes gardeners

More keen Tamahere gardeners are being invited along to the Hillcrest Garden Club.

Some Tamahere residents already enjoy the garden visits, monthly club nights and guest speakers but more green-fingered people are welcome, said club president Diana Jones, who is from Tamahere.

“I am not aware of another garden club near Tamahere, so there may be some locals who will be interested in coming along to our meetings,” she said.

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Gardening teacher digs deep

Avis Leeson was 77 when she began teaching children how to garden. Seven years later she is showing no signs of slowing down.

A few years ago an accident that had her fearing for her life prompted her to give something back to the community and she hit upon the idea of teaching gardening to children.

In 2009 Avis was named Waikato/Bay of Plenty gardener of the year for her volunteer work encouraging children to grow their own vegetables, reports Annette Taylor.

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