Media Release 5 August 2011
Help the Garden City bloom
New Zealand Gardener magazine is calling for green-fingered Kiwis to donate seeds to gardeners in Christchurch affected by the recent
Editor Jo McCarroll wants people from all over the country to send any spare seeds they have down to the beleaguered
region so they could be used to help gardeners who have lost plants, tress and at time entire gardens in landslips and
liquefaction. Donated seeds will be given away at the Combined Spring Show, held jointly by Canterbury several garden
societies, on September 24 and 25.
“It might seem a minor thing to some people, given what was lost in the quakes,” Jo says. “But we’ve had a lot of
readers contact us to talk about how hard it’s been losing their gardens: watching plants they loved die because they
had no irrigation, or seeing them smothered by liquefaction. We can’t replace what they’ve lost but we can help people
start another garden. That’s what these seeds are for. We’d like to see the Garden City bloom again.”
Donated seeds, which can be for veges, flowers, herbs or foliage plants, need to be mailed to the Canterbury
Horticultural Society (the postal address is Seeds for Canterbury, PO Box 369, Christchurch 8140). They’ll be given away
at the Combined Spring Show, which is being held in the Canterbury Horticultural Society Centre on the Riccarton
Ave-side of Hagley Park. Entry to the show is free.
“We’re a staunch bunch down in Canterbury,” says Canterbury Horticultural Society manager Shirley Russ, (members of the
society will be distributing the seeds at the show). “But even the hardiest plants need to have the right conditions to
grow and constantly shaking ground is not one of them. This idea has been a lift for many people here who have to shift
or have lost beloved plants in the liquefaction quagmire.”
Full details of the Seeds for Canterbury project are in the August issue of New Zealand Gardener, on sale now.