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NZ House & Garden - - GARDENS -

Favourite plant com­bi­na­tion: Rodger­sia, Thal­ic­trum ‘Alba’, Ber­ge­nia cil­i­ata and Al­chemilla mol­lis for a lovely mix­ture of colour, tex­ture and form. Most-used gar­den tool: A very small spade that Joe has ground down for me a few times – I take it ev­ery­where in the gar­den.

Best ed­i­bles: Car­rots and parsnips, which won’t usu­ally do well in clay but we’ve im­proved the soil a lot over the years. And rasp­ber­ries – I fill the freezer. Favourite sea­son: Spring for the fresh­ness and prom­ise; au­tumn for mel­low­ness and colour.

Best tip for gar­den­ers: Keep on top of the weed­ing and ev­ery­thing else is plea­sure.

Carolyn Ferraby

Edited ex­tract from Flour­ish: New Zealand Women and Their Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gar­dens by Barb Rogers and Juliet Ni­cholas, pub­lished by God­wit, $55.

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