Uxbridge Gar­den Sa­fari is great for green fin­gers

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TARANNUM SHAIKH

The lush and land­scaped gar­dens of East Auck­land are back on dis­play this week­end in Uxbridge Arts and Cul­ture’s Gar­den Sa­fari.

One stop on the tour is Paku­ranga cou­ple Lester and Bev Ching’s em­pire of green­ery in Pan­dora Place. From rhodo­den­drons to vireya and aza­lea, the cosy-look­ing prop­erty de­ceiv­ingly fits in a sig­nif­i­cantly large num­ber of plants.

Lester says his keen green fin­gers came to fruition when, as the old­est son, his fa­ther put him in charge of the gar­den­ing, in a cheeky bid to avoid the task him­self.

Uxbridge Arts and Cul­ture cen­tre’s pro­grammes man­ager Ashley Gro­gan says Bev and Lester’s gar­den has great spaces to wan­der in and en­joy.

‘‘They’re real gar­den­ers with great pas­sion and loads of gar­den­ing knowl­edge.

‘‘We’re ex­cited about the day and hope the com­mu­nity will walk away with new ideas and in­spi­ra­tion for their own gar­dens,’’ Ashley says.

The Uxbridge Gar­den Sa­fari is from 9am to 4pm this Satur­day, Novem­ber 4. Tick­ets are $20 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $35 for a morn­ing or af­ter­noon bus tour.

For pro­gramme and ticket de­tails, visit uxbridge.co.nz or call 09 535 6467.

TARANNUM SHAIKH

See Lester and Bev Ching’s beau­ti­ful gar­den on dis­play dur­ing this Satur­day’s sa­fari.

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