THE GREAT SEED SWAP

Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

Veg­etable, herb, flower, na­tive and her­itage seeds are wel­come at the first Great South Li­brary Seed Swap on Septem­ber 9 and 10.

Spare seedlings al­ready pot­ted up are also wel­come at the swap at the li­brary at 66 Colombo St, Cash­mere be­side the Heath­cote River on the cor­ner of Colombo and Hunter Tce.

The 10.30am-1pm week­end event at South Li­brary recog­nised the strong gar­den­ing com­mu­nity which sur­rounded it, a city coun­cil li­ai­son said. The Seed Swap was ini­ti­ated and first run by Lyt­tel­ton Li­brary about eight years ago but 2017 is the first year that the event is run­ning at other coun­cil li­braries as well. These in­clude Sprey­don, South, Hornby and Akaroa Li­brary.

Lyt­tel­ton Li­brary no­ticed that peo­ple from across Christchurch would travel to take part in the event, coun­cil said. South Li­brary or­gan­ised its seed swap fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Lyt­tel­ton Li­brary – ‘‘they were keen to get in­volved and also of­fer it to their com­mu­nity,’’

Pub­lic com­ments had been re­ally pos­i­tive, with many in­spired to start, or restart, their own gar­den.

Christchurch City Li­braries is us­ing the event to pro­mote food re­silience, en­cour­age home gar­dens, com­post­ing, and sus­tain­able liv­ing.

Vis­i­tors can explore gar­den­ing and gar­den-re­lated con­tent and re­sources that the li­braries hold. All seed swaped.

South Li­brary, Colombo St, Cash­mere Septem­ber 9 and 10 my.christchurchc­ityli­braries.com round­about. Sammy Get-To­gether: The Do­min­ion Samoyed Club’s next get to­gether will be held in Mill­ton Me­mo­rial Park, Ran­giora, from 2pm. Samoyed own­ers and friends are wel­come to join the walk. Con­tact: mur­mansk@ihug.co.nz. Medicine Mu­sic: Pre­sented by A Capel­lago World Mu­sic Choir, ex­quis­ite songs to soothe and heal at Ad­ding­ton Haven, cnr Church Sq / Grove Rd, at 3pm-4pm. $15 (door sales only) www.choir.co.nz. Songs tran­si­tion seam­lessly. Jan Bol­well’s ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists: A grand­daugh­ter shares her grand­fa­ther’s story. Arts on Tour NZ. Bal­cairn pub­lic hall, 2pm. $25, Book: Sefton Garage, Sally Mac’s Am­ber­ley, Stan’s 7 Day Phar­macy Ran­giora.

First Steps ex­hi­bi­tion: An ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing new tal­ent from emerg­ing artists. Held ev­ery Septem­ber at East­side Gallery, cnr Stan­more/Worces­ter. Free. Runs to Sept 30. Septem­ber 11 open­ing night, 5.30pm, cor­ner Stan­more Rd/ Worces­ter St Mon-Fri 11-4pm, Sat 12-3pm. In­quiries 9812881 Theeb: Jor­da­nian film screen­ing 7.30pm at the Christchurch Art Gallery au­di­to­rium by the Can­ter­bury Film So­ci­ety. Set in 1916, this sus­pense­ful, his­tor­i­cally freighted movie con­cerns a watch­ful young Be­douin obliged to guide a British officer through the spec­tac­u­lar desert of Wadi Rum. Best For­eign Lan­guage Os­car Nom­i­nee 2016. Di­rec­tor Naji Abu Nowar | Jor­dan/Qatar/UAE/UK | 2015 | M vi­o­lence. Doors open 7pm for drinks and chat with other film lovers. Try a three-film Flexi-Pass or join for a year. More info at www.can­ter­bury­film­so­ci­ety.org.nzor call mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary Michelle on 021 157-6605. Jan Bol­well’s ‘Bill Massey’s Tourists: A grand­daugh­ter shares her grand­fa­ther’s story. Arts on Tour NZ. Lin­coln’s The Lab­o­ra­tory, 7.30pm. $25 Book: eventfinda.co.nz or over the bar or 03 325 3006

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Breath some fresh life into your gar­den - and your life - at the great seed swap next week­end

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