City gardens open for everyone to enjoy
Gardens in the city will be opened to the public, some for the first time, in the CBC Garden Tour on November 3.
Elizabeth Shearer has organised the Central Baptist Church fundraiser with funds going toward debt repayment of a property at 200 Church St.
She’s busy organising the event where over 15 gardens will be on the touring map, and has husband Owen helping to get their expansive garden show-ready.
“Opening the garden to the public will be rewarding,” says Elizabeth.
Their garden has a lot of stories woven into the plantings. The magnolias are named for family members. The dalmatian named Tasha, which they inherited from the neighbour, would sit under the Awanui cherry watching for Elizabeth and Owen to return home, and is now buried beneath it. The espeliered apples of 35 varieties, the six different ko¯ whai for the tu¯ ı¯, and the many edible and scented plants have been planted in the 5200sq m of garden.
■ CBC Garden tour, November 3 9am-5pm. Tickets from Central Baptist Church office.See Facebook: CBC Garden Tour, email@example.com Feilding tickets, 323-8117.
Owen and Elizabeth Shearer in their beautiful garden.