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🎨 It’s so fascinating to get a peek behind the scenes with our incredibly talented artists. @suemacdougall is back in her studio starting a whole lot of new canvases.
If you’re wanting to unleash your creative side then get along to one of her workshops to soak up her secrets ✨ ... See MoreSee Less
Behind the scenes with one of our artists @copper.poppa ・・・ Who would have thought Copper Poppa would have ended up as an artist when he started his plumbing apprenticeship way back when? Its never to late to find your passion!
Have you got your tickets? Early bird special ends 31 July!
#1 - It's a great time to PRUNE your FRUIT TREES, if you can find a few sunny days in a row! I don't use a paste to seal the cuts, I think it might also lock moisture into the wound. I spray liquid seaweed and compost tea after I've pruned to give the tree an immune boost to cope with the prune instead.
#2 - CUT BACK your LAVENDER if you haven't already. Cut out any dead wood and cut back the rest to the bottom of where new green leaves are shooting. It might get very woody if not pruned right back every year.
#3 - CLEAN your PRUNERS + SECATEURS in meths or something similar in between each tree or plant so as not to spread and diseases.
#4 - DIG up a COMFREY PLANT (symhytum officinale), break the roots into 10cm pieces and plant all around the drip line of your fruit trees! Come spring it will create a wonderful living mulch, when 'chopped and dropped' provides an excellent fertiliser for your soil and has many other wonderful attributes!
Have you got your "Early Bird Tickets" for the Garden & Art Festival? 🐞🌳🌺
19 - 22 November 2020
The trail spans from Katikati to Te Puke with all gardens open to explore on all four festival days. Our festival boasts a myriad of delights from small urban gardens to large rolling country gardens – many are new to the festival but rest assured, old favourites have returned too.
Adding to the offering are art stops along the way. In some cases there is the opportunity to see artists working from their own studios. Matching artists with gardens is what makes this garden trail unique. Local and national artists are displaying a wide variety of artwork in several different mediums. 👩🎨👨🎨