Grand de­signs

Go Gardening - - Editorial -

This year, spring has well and truly sprung me. The weeds have been hav­ing a party in the warm damp weather. But that’s OK. There is still time to in­dulge in the sat­is­fac­tion that comes from clear­ing a space and trans­form­ing it into some­thing fresh and new.

Creativ­ity - the act of turn­ing imag­i­na­tive ideas into real­ity - has got to be the most en­joy­able and heart­en­ing as­pect of gar­den­ing. Gar­den­ing is one of the most ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able ways we can cre­ate a space that is en­tirely our own. And if it doesn’t quite work out how we planned, there is al­ways next year!

Novem­ber brings an ex­plo­sion of fresh ideas. If stuck for in­spi­ra­tion we only need to at­tend one of the many fan­tas­tic gar­den fes­ti­vals to be in­spired by our fel­low gar­den­ers. There are gar­dens to visit all round the coun­try this month with a ma­jor event hap­pen­ing every week­end (see our list on page 37). Last but not least at the end of the month we have an all new New Zealand Flower and Gar­den Show (more about this on page 23). I can’t wait to see what this year’s flock of clever de­sign­ers bring to the show.

Con­straint, it’s said, is the mother of creativ­ity. Whether we are con­strained by lack of space, time, bud­get (or all three) there is great sat­is­fac­tion in find­ing the so­lu­tions and our gar­dens are all the bet­ter for it. In this is­sue Sarah talks to a cou­ple of Auck­land’s top de­sign­ers about cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful gar­dens in lim­ited space (page 13).

If, like me, you've run out of time and find your­self at the end of spring with lit­tle more than a pile of weeds, there is still plenty of time to sow seeds. Or bet­ter still, plant what the nurs­eries have grown to per­fec­tion for you. Right now, gar­den cen­tres are piled high with pot­ted veg­etable seedlings and beau­ti­ful flow­er­ing trea­sures ready to plant just as soon as you've made them a space.

Happy sum­mer gar­den­ing

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