How to grow for show

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ALICE ANGELONI

It takes vig­i­lance, hard work and dis­ci­pline to pre­pare a gar­den for New Zealand’s premier gar­den event, say sea­soned grow­ers.

Gar­den Marl­bor­ough is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years with its an­nual show from Novem­ber 8 to 11.

Flic and Will Trol­lope are open­ing up their gar­den in Tua­ma­rina to the pub­lic for the first time.

‘‘When I gar­den, it’s nor­mally just for me, it’s for my plea­sure, so I’ve had to be a bit more dis­ci­plined and make a point of fin­ish­ing things.’’

In the weeks lead­ing up there were lots of ‘‘fin­ish­ing’’ jobs and gen­eral tidy­ing up that had to be done, Flic Trol­lope said.

Gar­den­ing was one of those re­ally peace­ful and re­fresh­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, Trol­lope said.

‘‘It’s the cre­ativ­ity and it’s be­ing able to make some­thing and watch it grow, you can change it, noth­ing is set in stone, it’s quite fluid, and it changes through the sea­son.

‘‘It’s very re­ward­ing, you can put some­thing in the ground and watch it grow.’’

Sea­soned gar­den­ers Sue and Dave Mon­a­han had opened up their gar­den Up­ton Oaks in Gar­den Marl­bor­ough for the past 20 years.

Up­ton Oaks was a ‘‘high main­te­nance gar­den’’ with a for­mal frame­work of hedges and walls, Sue Mon­a­han said.

The cou­ple have been in gar­den tourism for many years and had been ‘‘gar­den ready’’ since Oc­to­ber when they started wel­com­ing guests.

‘‘It’s very much a gar­den which has evolved.’’

The Stihl Gar­den Fete would be held at Churchill Glade on Novem­ber 11 be­tween 9am-3pm.

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the Satur­day night Gar­den Party at Brinkburn, a pri­vate res­i­dence on Wratts Rd, Ra­paura.

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