Sunday, 24 January 2016

Sun shines on garden trail

An eye-catching fountain on the Pauatahanui Garden Trail – Photo credit: Wendy Betteridge
After a very windy and wet week, Saturday November 29, 2015 dawned fine and calm for the inaugural Pauatahanui Garden Trail in New Zealand.
Twelve private gardens were opened to the public. Over 900 tickets were sold to people from far and wide who enjoyed a quiet stroll around the area.
Together with the food available, this event raised approximately $26,000 for the next section of construction of  Te Ara Piko Pathway – the meandering path on the northern side of Pauatahanui Inlet.
General comments and observations were that the day was a huge success and it augers well for next year when new gardens have already been offered for visiting.
The amount of work put in by the owners in adverse weather conditions was evident in the presentation of their gardens, which ranged from beautiful colourful suburban gardens to larger rural ones with expansive lawns and plantings, including gracious big trees. A huge vote of thanks goes to those owners because, without their generous contribution, the garden trail could never have happened.

 Words: Jenny Lucas, Rotary Club of Plimmerton, NZ