Bar­ing all for gar­dens

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Green thumbs will be bar­ing their bums for New Zealand’s first Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week Nude Gar­den­ing Day on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

NZ Na­tur­ist Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Donna Miller said they made the de­ci­sion to move away from the World Naked Gar­den­ing Day, held in the first week of May, as Kiwi nud­ists were chill­ingly unim­pressed.

“No one wants to be naked when tem­per­a­tures plunge,” says Donna. “It might be great in the North­ern Hemi­sphere but New Zealand’s au­tumn tem­per­a­tures are not con­ducive to get­ting your gear off. Mov­ing our nude gar­den­ing day into Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week was a much bet­ter idea,”she says.

Fiona Arthur from Yates said Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week this year was fo­cus­ing on help­ing but­ter­flies flour­ish with a Na­tional Swan Plant plant­ing day, also on Oc­to­ber 20.

“It is great to have na­tur­ists clubs on board this year help­ing boost but­ter­fly num­bers,” says Fiona.

“But­ter­flies, in­clud­ing the much loved Monarch, are key pol­li­na­tors for our fruit and ve­g­ies.

“The Monarch cater­pil­lars in par­tic­u­lar have a fe­ro­cious ap­petite and plant­ing swan plants will help en­sure they don’t run out of food so we’re ask­ing ev­ery­one to join in and plant one or two,” she says.

Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week aims to fos­ter a love of gar­den­ing with a fo­cus on grow­ing not only plants but friend­ships, good health, strong com­mu­ni­ties and closer con­nec­tions with na­ture.

“Whether it’s a few pots on the bal­cony, a small patch or an ex­ten­sive gar­den, ev­ery­one can ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of gar­den­ing,” says Fiona.

NZ Na­tur­ist Fed­er­a­tion, which has re­cently cel­e­brated 60 years, has around 1600 mem­bers and it is ex­pected a num­ber of the re­gional na­tur­ist clubs will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional Swan Plant plant­ing day.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to do­ing our bit for but­ter­flies and we will also take the op­por­tu­nity to get club gar­dens ready for Sum­mer.

“Get­ting out­side in the nude is a great ex­pe­ri­ence and if you don’t feel up to a group gar­den­ing ses­sion, en­joy the pri­vacy of your own gar­den and soak up na­ture there,” says Donna.

■ Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week is held from Oc­to­ber 15-22. Yates wants to help ev­ery­one en­joy gar­den­ing and has give­aways to cel­e­brate the week.

For our read­ers, Yates has a Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week Starter Ham­per with every­thing you need to get gar­den­ing — val­ued at $100. You can en­ter by text (write TAC Yates, plus your name and ad­dress, and text it to 021 241 4568) or mail (ad­dress to Yates Com­pe­ti­tion and in­clude your name, ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber). Dead­line is 5pm Fri­day. Yates is also giv­ing away free but­ter­fly friendly plant seeds, in­clud­ing Yates new But­ter­fly Field Mix seeds, un­til this Sun­day — reg­is­ter on­line to re­ceive your packet of seeds at www.yates.co.nz

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