All go for an­nual gar­den­ing cel­e­bra­tion

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - LANDSCAPING -

Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough is fast ap­proach­ing. Satur­day Ex­press land­scap­ing colum­nist Christo Sag­gers pro­vides a run down on some of the high­lights this year.

It is that time of year again and our very own gar­den fes­ti­val is upon us.

Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough is the high­light of the Marl­bor­ough gar­den­ing cal­en­dar and this year it is to be no ex­cep­tion.

There are seven great tours that will take you to all cor­ners of the re­gion and to all en­vi­ron­ments.

There are 10 work­shops where en­thu­si­as­tic pre­sen­ters will re­gale you with in­for­ma­tion about their area of ex­per­tise.

How­ever, best of all there is a gar­den party en­ti­tled Go Wild at The Spring.

There is go­ing to be great food, Marl­bor­ough wine and wild sounds from a num­ber of live bands.

It is one of Marl­bor­ough’s epic so­cial events and should not be missed.

Last year saw the re­turn of the gar­den awards and they will con­tinue this year.

I have men­tioned much in my col­umns about streetscapes and here is a chance for those who ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of street ap­peal and com­mer­cial frontages to be recog­nised.

Re­wards like this go along way to pro­mote so­cial unity and har­mony – mak­ing res­i­dents proud of their en­vi­ron­ment.

Per­haps the most pop­u­lar event of the fes­ti­val is the Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete which will be on Sun­day, Novem­ber 8 in Sey­mour Square, Blen­heim. Same place, same stuff – with per­haps a few new stalls.

It is a great place to pick up some spring plants, gar­den­ing tools and ac­ces­sories as well some yummy Marl­bor­ough tucker – all your favourites.

It is a great event for Marl­buri­ans and aliens, no not the lit­tle green men, al­though they would be very wel­come as they are sure to have green thumbs.

There is a whole lot of work that goes into or­gan­is­ing an event of this mag­ni­tude and the mem­bers of the com­mit­tee who ded­i­cate heaps of their free time as well as Ju­lia Brown and Deb­bie Carter, who run the show, should be proud of yet an­other job well done.

Gar­den Marl­bor­ough is an event run by the com­mu­nity for the com­mu­nity.

The Gar­den Marl­bor­ough Schol­ar­ship to sup­port stu­dents study­ing for Hor­ti­cul­ture Level 4 course at the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy was launched ear­lier this year.

This and all the other good deeds the event achieves are wor­thy of re­spect and please show yours by com­mit­ting to sup­port this event. The week­end is not com­pletely sold out so do call the of­fice now on 03 577 5500 or visit gar­den­marl­bor­ough.co.nz to book events be­fore it is too late.

If you are a keen gar­dener or as­pire to be then this is a must see and do event for you.

I hope you en­joy your tours and work­shops, the fete and the party. You can­not do it all but there is much to do – so go forth and gar­den.

PHOTO: FILE

The Stihl Shop Gar­den Fete is al­ways the most pop­u­lar part of Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough and will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 8 in Sey­mour Square, Blen­heim this year.

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