By Lynnaire Johnston
The dramatic and long-awaited improvement in the weather meant the
Blueskin Garden Club enjoyed balmy weather for its first foray of the
year, to Valerie and Mike Fay's Mount Cargill garden.
Rhododendron dells, perennial borders and propagating areas vied with
the bay-wide view for attention, with the boardwalk running across the
property's stream and bog proving popular.
Val is a volunteer at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and propagates plants
for project, and so spent some time talking about both the latest
developments there and her role.
This month the club will be visiting an entirely different sort of
garden – the much smaller Village Potager, on the corner of Foyle St
and Doctors Point Rd. There, Lynnaire Johnston has taken over a
one-acre organic, permaculture-based garden that is a mix of
vegetables, herbs, perennials, orchard and wild area.
As many people already know, Lynnaire makes the Village Potager range
of preserves from locally grown produce, and propagates plants for
sale. She sells these at local markets and from "shed' on the
street-corner of her property.
She will share her "secrets" for making the chutneys, sauces and
jellies that are proving so popular locally. Please bring along a
recipe and a handy hint to do with preserving. There will also be
tastings so members are encouraged to bring along a sample or two of
something they have made.
The meeting on Thursday March 11 will start at 7.30. Please park in
Foyle St, but come to the signposted Village Potager entrance.
For further information on joining Blueskin Garden Club or learning
about its activities, please phone Lyn Hastie on 482 2896 or Lyne
Carlyle on 482 2822.
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