Our local kowhai start flowering in winter - just when the nectar feeding birds like tui and bellbirds, need them most. They attract the Kereru too!
Join the Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust, who run the Clyde Railhead Community Nursery in a practical planting session, using our locally developed planting techniques for our drylands.
Learn about the many local plant species we recommend that suit this area, and would be best for vegetation restoration, parks, gardens and riparian margins.
Many of these plants are surprisingly gorgeous, and have the bonus that they help support out native birds, lizards, butterflies, moths, bees etc. Only New Zealanders can save these species. So join us to find out more.
Bring gardening gloves, kneeling pads and a spade. We won't make you dig the really tough holes. After having a demo, or having a go, we will look at local plant species, and then there is an optional final hour, when you can visit a local mature native garden, filled with kowhais and native birds.
Wear walking shoes and your smartest scruffy clothes. Don't forget the sun block and some water.
All participants will get a native plant to take home. Plants will be available for purchase. Funds go towards Good Nature Traps
See also the Totara Forest walk for mature examples of dryland plants