Selwyn Times: October 07, 2020


Spring 2020




published by & Selwyn Times


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Did you know

that healthy trees can add up to 20% to the

value of your property?

You may not think about it that often – but the

trees on your property are a lifetime investment.

Carefully selected trees on your property provide

more than beauty - they increase the value of your

home. Several recent surveys have shown that

mature trees in a well-landscaped garden can

increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19


First impressions count when buying and selling a

house. Something to reflect on is what happens

when potential buyers view a property. The first

thing they will see is your landscaping and exterior.

Experts indicate that a well-maintained garden with

mature trees can add thousands to a home’s value

and speed up a house sale too.

Respectful, experienced, and passionate tree

care that protects and enhances your home

In addition to adding significant value at the

point of sale, trees also serve very practical and

functional (as well as aesthetic) purposes for

homeowners. They frame beautiful, relaxing, and

pleasant landscapes and help keep a house cooler

and protected from destructive winds and weather.

Many tree care companies simply chop, cut, and

call the job done. However, after speaking with THE

TREE PEOPLE, it quickly became apparent that they

are different. Simply put, they know your home is

your haven and will always ensure it is treated that


Started by Ra and Megan Hammer in 2004, THE

TREE PEOPLE knew early on that their ethos and

approach was going to be different. They never

simply chop and cut, and instead pride themselves

on the fact that they go against the grain of how

many other arborists operate.

They can help with any tree and pride themselves

on being able to do so. They can remove large

dangerous trees safely, look after the trees that you

care about, transplant established trees with care

and offer expert advice on all ‘things’ trees.

Speaking with passion about what he does, Chief

Tree Hugger Ra Hammer shares, “We had some

very clear goals when we started the business

that we still ‘live by’ today. It was important to

us to preserve and maintain trees sustainably, to

provide an environment that helps our customers

to enjoy harmonious relationships with their trees, to

offer excellent affordable tree care and to always

adhere to best practice. I am proud to say that, 16

years later, we still live and breathe these goals”.

If you want to add value to your property, Ra,

Megan, and the team at THE TREE PEOPLE can

support you and your trees. They are your locally

based experts and can help with any tree.

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Looking for

inspiration and a great day out?

Spring and summer is the perfect time to get out and

about visiting gardens, getting ideas and seeing what

grows well and where. Selwyn and the surrounding districts

have a number of beautiful gardens – be sure to add the

following garden tours and events to your garden diary:



Lincoln University Diploma of Horticulture students are once

again offering for sale plants, trees and shrubs that they’ve

grown as part of their study assignments. This annual

sale has been running for over 30 years and is a way to

reduce stock that has built up over the course of a year.

Hundreds of shrubs, trees, indoor plants, bedding plants

and vegetable seedlings will be available to the public

from the Lincoln University nursery. Access is via Gate Two

(off Ellesmere Junction Road) and right at the ‘Horticultural

Nursery’ sign.

ST JOHN GARDEN FETE, Oct 15, 10am-4pm

Take time to wander around the spectacular Rakaia

Gardens. The garden is six acres - with wide lawn paths

linking each area together with rhododendrons, camellias,

thousands of annuals, perennials and roses. An idyllic

boardwalk meanders through a huge area dedicated to

NZ natives surrounding a tranquil pond. Enjoy boutique

stalls, great lunch options, and a cooking demonstration

by 2012 MasterChef finalist Chantelle Quinn (owner of

twenty four catering) plus live music to enjoy. Tickets

available from



A self-guided tour of local gardens: including a native

sustainable garden and a Mexican style garden. All

proceeds go towards funding Youth Workers for local

Schools and to help fund developing leaders. Tickets are

$20 and can be purchased through Lincoln Hammer

Hardware and Lincoln Pharmacy or through www.

TAI TAPU GARDEN TOUR, Nov 8, 10am-4pm

Seven treasured local gardens bursting with colour, texture

and diversity - from historic to modern will be offered as a

self-tour package, with the option to choose the ‘Otahuna

Garden Tour Package’. Tickets are limited for this guided

tour of the prestigious historic homestead gardens

designed for Tai Tapu’s own, Sir Heaton Rhodes. An art and

photography exhibition and a display of classic cars will

also feature at two of the gardens. There will also be some

extra attractions at some of the gardens, for those who

love art, plants, cars or all three! The Tai Tapu Garden Tour

is a biennial fundraiser for Tai Tapu Primary School with all

profits going directly into teaching resources and support

services. Visit for more details.


29, 10am- 5pm

The Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour takes place

over two days on the weekend of with 13 amazing

gardens to discover, at your own pace, on a flexible

self-drive program. For more information and ticket sales,



Star Media

A division of Allied Press Ltd

PO Box 1467 Christchurch 8140


Lynette Evans - Ph 03 364 7434



Fiona Maddison

Rosemary graham

Shaz davis


denise Crawford

Nat’s Nursery’s services:

• Plant nursery - trees, natives, and

hedging plants

• Sourcing of speciality plants and trees

(dependent on availability)

• Flexible hours with arrangement

• Landscaping consultation and support

• Gardening - Green waste


• Milking shed, Lane way, and

cottage planting

• Large order discounts

• Lifestyle blocks and small


• One on one support

• Excellent pricing

Phone Natalie

021 258 7241



Tickets available from Eventfinda



• Pruning

• Expert Tree Felling

• Fully Insured

• Free Quotes

• Powerline Clearing

Member of NZ Arboriculture Association

For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710


• Branch Chipping

• Competitive Rates

• Orion Approved Contractor





Lincoln University Nursery (Farm Road)

On Wednesday 14 th October

& Thursday 15 th October

Time from 10am

Range Shrubs, trees, indoor plants,

bedding plants and vegetable seedlings.

Directions Access via Gate Two (off

Ellesmere Junction Road) and right at

‘Horticultural Nursery’ sign

EFT-POS available

Garden Fete

Garden Fete


Thursday 15






10am - 4pm - 4pm

Rakaia Gardens - home - home of of

Sue & Ted Rollinson

282 Awaroa School Road, Road, Dorie Dorie 11RD 11RD Rakaia Rakaia

(signposted off off SH1) SH1)

Come join us for a great day. 70+ stalls, live music,

Come join us for a great day. 70+ stalls, live musi

food & beautiful gardens to explore

food Gate & beautiful tickets on gardens the day $20 to explore

Presale Gate tickets tickets $15; Children on the day 5yrs+ $20 $5

Presale ATM and tickets EFTPOS $15; available Children onsite 5yrs+ $5

ATM Tickets and EFTPOS now available onsite

• Eventfinda website Tickets now available or

• • Eventfinda Check out our website Facebook page (St John – or

Ashburton) for physical ticket outlets or

• Check out our Facebook page (St John –

phone 3087132

Ashburton) for physical ticket outlets or

Raising funds for Mid Canterbury St John

phone 3087132

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Look local

for electrical needs

A garden

Locally owned and operated from

their base in Rolleston, Juice Electrical

has been looking after the needs of

Selwyn residents for 14 years.

Greg Horton and his team of four

master electricians providing a

professional and timely service

whether it is residential, commercial or

industrial, indoors or outdoors.

“We pride ourselves on going the

extra mile particularly with repair and

renovation work and we’re very strong

on maintenance,” says Greg.

Creating a special ambience

outdoors is part of the service.

Integrated LED lighting is becoming

very popular as it is a lot easier and

less expensive to install because there

is no need to dig trenches for wiring.

Outdoor options include up-lighting

trees and buildings, deck lighting and

floodlights as well as security lighting.

They advise on the best type and

where they should be placed. Greg

recommends installing sensors so the

lights come on automatically at dusk.

“We discuss the customer’s ideas

with them, show them photos of

other gardens with attractive outdoor

lighting and make suggestions on

how they can make the most of their

outdoor area with a range of LED

lighting options,” says Greg.

In fact LED lights are now the preferred

option for indoor and outdoor lighting

as well.

Juice Electrical does not have a

vehicle charge for Rolleston so look

out for the brightly coloured Juice

Electrical vans as they work hard

to look after the Selwyn district’s

electrical needs. Call Greg and the

team at 379 6644.

A three week visit to the USA that lasted 15 years was how Selwyn local

Maude Fairburn got started on her passion for everything American. Upon her

return to New Zealand, Maude set about having her new home built in the

Santa Fe style – a style she saw and fell in love with while travelling on Route

66. The Santa Fe house style, also known as pueblo architecture, is striking

for its colourful terracotta adobe walls and heavy timber doors, beams and


Fourteen years fast forward and Maude’s passion has grown exponentially to

include a themed garden full of cacti, succulents, geraniums and lavenders.

While her garden is inspired by the gardens she saw in America, all her plants

are grown in New Zealand and many sourced locally, plus some she has grown

herself from babies.

Walking through the impressive front entrance is like walking into another world.

Maude’s house and garden cannot help but be noticed from the street by

everyone who walks or drives by and the welcoming sign over the gate that

reads ‘Mi casa es su casa’, literally translates to ‘my house is your house’.

“All the decorations, inside and out are sourced from America,” says Maude,

referring to the many Indian and Mexican features that can be seen around

the property. Adobe-style walled gardens inlaid with colourful blue and white

A passion for all things Santa Fe

brings this house and garden to life.



• Locally owned &


• Residential &

commercial lawns

• Hydroseeding

• Instant roll out lawn

• Full lawn preparations

• Site clearing

• Erosion and dust


• Irrigation

• Posthole boring

• Landscaping

• No job too small

‘Mi casa es su casa’ is the

welcoming sign above the impressive


Call us today to discuss all your lawn

and landscaping requirements

Phone 347 4000 or 027 456 7777


Need A Spa Pool Installation

Or Some Outdoor Lighting?

Then you need to call us.

We are the experts when it comes

to lighting up and cooling down

your outdoor area this spring.

Call us today to discuss getting

your outdoor area sorted today.

No service fee for our Rolleston clients -

because we’re locals.

0800 277 275

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Protect your

to relax in

tiles, cowboy boot shaped planters, rustic bells, steer skulls, water features, spiky

succulents, towering cacti and even a small monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria

araucana) all have their place in Maude’s garden.

“My daughter, Kim, got me into gardening,’ says Maude, “and when we first

built the house, I thought we’d never fill the quarter acre section.” But fill it she

did and she has never looked back.

Time spent in the garden is a pleasure for Maude; she says she finds it “super

relaxing” when working in the garden. “I just listen to Indian music and feel like

I’m back in America.”

She loves the beginning of spring and is often excited when she sees a cactus

flower out for the first time in the season or when she wanders out in the garden

to find a plant has grown so big.

“They’re all so easy care,” she says of her plants, “with just a bit of weeding,

and watering twice a week.”

The house and garden is a reflection of Maude’s passion and dedication to the

Sante Fe style; and the warmth and friendly welcome she extends to visitors is

also a reflection of the hospitality she received in America.

outdoor space

this summer

Protecting your outdoor area from

the elements during summer, or any

time of the year, can be as simple as

giving Mark a call at locally owned

company Shadecraft.

Shadecraft specialises in custommade

shade options that are both

affordable and attractive tailored to

suit your needs. Options for protection

against the weather include shade

sails, louvres, wave shades, eclipse

canopies, umbrellas and drop blinds

with a large range of sizes and a

myriad of colours.

“We pride ourselves on our many

satisfied customers. The majority of our

business is generated through word

of mouth which is testament to our

workmanship and customer service,”

says Shadecraft owner Mark Levey,

who is usually on site during installation

to ensure things run smoothly.

The high quality Eclipse canopy

is extremely popular, protecting

an outdoor area from all weather

conditions, but still allowing for natural

light. These can also be fitted with

drop blinds to fully enclose the area.

Shade sales are another popular

choice and provide protection from

the sun during the hot Canterbury

summers while also visually enhancing

the area while you are outside

relaxing with family and friends.

Mark at Shadecraft is the person

to contact if you are considering

enhancing your outdoor area for the

warmer months or you need some

advice for what would work in your

space. His contact details are 0800

742 332, 0274 981239 or visit their

website at

Maude Fairburn enjoys listening to

Indian music when spending time in

her garden.

See us now to

order your gates

for summer

• Driveway gates • Pedestrian gates

• Sliding gates • Swing gates

• Louvered gates • T & G gates

• Aluminium frames with timber infill

• Fencing aluminium or timber

• Full gate automation systems

• Keypads • Video intercom

Ph: 0508 4 gates (0508 442 837) 03 325 4397


Town and Country Gates



Shadecraft is a

locally owned company

who specialise in

shade and weather

protection products to

enhance your homes

design and use of

outdoor areas.

ShadeCraft (SI) Ltd • 0800 742 332 • Cell 0274 981 239 •

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with intelligro

Spring is a time of growth and development, and the list

of jobs to do is endless. With the weather warming up

and daylight savings here, now is the perfect time to get

stuck into the garden.

Intelligro are trying to make small changes to help the

environment and we’re here to help you and your family

create a more sustainable future. Creating your own

veggie garden is the perfect place to start.

Growing vegetables is not only quite satisfying but very

easy too! Growing some of your own food is a key part

of a sustainable lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Pick a sunny position for your veggie garden with

shelter from the wind.

2. If you’re using timber, untreated is best. If using

treated timber line with black plastic.

3. Having a good quality soil is key for growing a

productive veggie garden! For leafy, above the

ground produce choose Intelligro Vege Garden Mix.

For root crops, (potatoes, radishes etc) choose

Intelligro Garden Soil Mix. A soil blend is preferred

by these plants.

4. Make sure you plant quality, in-season seedling

(big is not always better).

5. For a successful veggie garden make sure you

establish a regular watering routine!


Spring is well known as lawn time.

Lawns can be sown or repaired

now, as long as you are sure the

last of frosts have been and gone.

We have a handy lawn guide on

our website and our team would

be happy to talk through any

issues you may have, and point you

in the right direction. It’s also a good time to fertilise

your existing lawns, and repair any patches or holes.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-coming

workshops & gardening advice and videos.

Intelligro’s Top Spring Products


Vegepods are a great way to grow a garden all year

round. With the benefits of a raised garden bed,

these pods are at the perfect height for working

while standing up, and out of reach of pests.

Vegepods are available in Small, Medium and Large

and start from $209.

Order online at or pop in to see us

at 261 Manion Road, Weedons 7677.

Vege Garden Mix

35L Bag

Our Vege Garden Mix

has been designed to

provide your plants with

the nutrients they need

for healthy growth and


Certified Organic Compost 35L Bag

Our Certified Organic Compost is blended from

sustainable, natural and carefully selected products.

Dig compost through your soil to boost the nutrients

and condition your area before planting. We have had

fantastic reviews from customers who just love our

compost, and it is one of our best sellers all-year-round!

Some of what we have in stock

• Certified Organic Compost • Vege Garden Mix • Potting Mixes

• Lawn Mixes • House Plant Mix • Seed Raising Mix • Bark

• Mulch • Stones • Chips • Pebbles • Sands • Fertilisers • Pavers

• Raised Gardens • Seeds • Seedlings • Tools

and so much more!

Spring & Summer Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday and Public Holidays: 8.30am – 4.30pm

Local, family owned and operated

261 Manion Road, Weedons 7677

P: 03 347 9012 | E: |




living indoor art


Amy Albon loves

the organic,

sculptural effect of


Kokedama is a

Japanese plant art form

that literally translates

to ‘moss ball’.

When Amy Albon’s mother wanted to try a new

hobby, Amy joined her at an evening class to learn

how to make a kokedama, a Japanese garden art


What Amy discovered was a whole new way of

displaying indoor plants, and not just a hobby

for her mum but also a small business for herself.

Kokedama, literally meaning ‘moss ball’, originates

in Japan, and is fast becoming popular in New


‘It’s a natural, organic way to display house

plants, combining moss around the roots to create

beautiful, self-contained pots instead of the usual

manmade pots,’ says Amy. The class wasn’t quite

what she’d expected so she did some online

research and discovered a number of different

techniques to create the moss balls.

She says it took a lot of trial and error to perfect

her technique but it was fun and new, and soon

she was being asked to create moss ball plants for

family and friends. Amy now sells her kokedamas

from her facebook page and at local markets.

Technique is everything when it comes to creating

a kokedama and a strong, steady hand is needed.

Soil is added to the roots, then covered with

sphagnum moss and finally wrapped with string to

create the ball.

“I’ve learnt my own technique on how to mold the

roots with moss, the tighter and more consistent

the better, and how to lay the string to create

beautiful lines and symmetry, which gives the plant

its spectacular pot,’ says Amy. ‘Kokedama provides

a sculptural focal point in any room and looks

amazing on coffee tables.’

Most houseplants are suitable to be turned into

kokedama but Amy says she found succulents

and ferns to be popular, with succulents being the

easiest to care for. How often to water depends on

the plant but when the kokedama is dry, it can be

put into a bowl of water or a bath and left to soak

for 20 minutes before being drained and put back

on display.

Amy suggests displaying kokedamas on wooden

chopping boards, bamboo tripods, shallow plates

(so the air can get through) or by hanging the balls

- several hanging plants can make an eye-catching


To find out more about Amy and kokedama, visit

her facebook page: mossandme.kokedama or

phone: 022 631 4551.

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Perfect time for creating

your dream pool

A new swimming pool will make a splash this summer

and you will find your friends and family will love your

pool as much as you do. With summer on its way, now

is the perfect time to organise the installation of your

pool with local company Lagoon Pools

Owners Julie and Warren Hastings installs pools sized

from five metres to 12 metres in length to suit both

large and small sections, with a huge variety of widths,

colours and shapes.

“There really is a pool for every site,” says Julie.

Lagoon Pools is also the Leisure Pools dealer for most

of the South Island featuring 100% composite fibreglass

and, with patented innovations, every swimming pool

is supported by their lifetime structural warranty and

a lifetime osmosis warranty – this makes them the

strongest pool available on the market.

Pool automation is becoming popular with equipment

monitoring and settings right at your fingertips from

any location. Additional features including pool

lighting, fountains and spa jets can enhance the pool

area, transforming it into an extended living space

where family and friends can relax in the outdoors,

Julie says.

It takes around five days to install a pool and the

finishing touches can take from four weeks depending

upon the design.

Contact Lagoon Pools by phoning Julie or Warren

0800 927 282 or 03 349 2160. You can also visit their

website to find out more about

their range of pools and other services they offer.

03 349 2160 or 0800 92 72 82




Organic bins

Spring is the perfect time to get back

into the garden and start filling up your

organics bin again.

The Selwyn District Council’s green

organics bins can be utilised for

garden prunings, weeds, leaves and

grass clippings.

Food items such as bread, dairy

products, fruit, vegetables fish, meat,

bones, coffee grinds, as well as foodsoiled

cardboard containers and

paper towels can also be placed in

the green bin.

Here are some useful tips to ensure

your bin is fully emptied every week:

• Keep the bin weight under 60kg. If

you find it difficult to move the bin,

then you may find it exceeds the truck

lifting limits.

• Keep the bin contents loose. Don’t

compact your material by standing on

it (it may not come out when tipped

by the truck).

• Place weeds, branches or

newspaper at the bottom of the bin

before filling with grass clippings. This

reduces the likelihood of the grass

clippings getting stuck.

• Organics only! No plastic bags

(including those labelled as

compostable, degradable or

biodegradable), metals, timber,

sawdust, glass, rocks, stones or bricks

as these cause considerable damage

to the organics shredder.

• Flax and cabbage leaves need to

go in your red rubbish bin (as these

get caught up in the shredder).

• Make sure your bin is not overflowing

– the lid needs to close.

For townships with organic collection;

why not swap your 240 litre red bin for

a 240 litre green bin and an 80 litre

red bin? You’ll save money and the


Unsure about an item? Check out

Gardenmakers Landscape Supplies

is owned and operated by local

families, who

pride themselves on their large

range of products available from

their yard for all your landscaping

projects. Products include sand

and base courses, compost and soil

conditioners, decorative stones and

boulders, barks and mulches, bagged

cements, and pavers including

Westland schist, plus macrocarpa and

railway sleepers.

While you’re there, check out

their Mike Cairns Timber on-site for

residential fencing and structural

requirements, plus the range of stakes,

pegs, decking, and hardware on

offer. They also make planter boxes

and timber gardening edging plus

they have a range of gardening

products and tools available.

“We welcome you to come and

look at our products and discuss your

landscaping project with our friendly,

helpful staff. All our products are

bagged, so come on in for a bag, a

scoop or cubic metres of product. We

also have hire trailers available.”

Gardenmakers Landscape Supplies

offer an excellent delivery service to

all suburbs and surrounding towns,

and is located at 4 Parkhouse Road,

Sockburn, where their yard has plenty

of parking, is easy to drive around and

is open seven days at 4 Parkhouse

Road, Sockburn. Ph: 03-341 5688 or


Your organics bin is only

for the following items...

Garden prunings,

clippings and leaves

Fruit and vegetables

Bread, pastries

and dairy products

Meat, bones

and fish


& firewood


we supply & deliver

Coffee grinds

Food soiled cardboard

containers and paper towels

Tips to ensure your bin is fully emptied:

· Keep items loose.

· Keep the bin weight reasonable.

· Place weeds, branches or newspaper

at the bottom of the bin before filling

with grass clippings (to avoid contents

getting stuck).

· No plastic bags (including compostable

or biodegradable), metals, glass, rocks,

stones, bricks or rubbish.

· Flax and cabbage tree leaves should go

in the red bin.

· Make sure the lid closes.

Open 7 days Mon-Sat 7am-5pm Sun 8am-4pm

4 Parkhouse Rd, Sockburn, Phone: 03 341 5688

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EvErything you nEEd for your yard






Buyers and sellers of

recycled and new building

materials and joinery

Less waste,

more purpose.

3 Musgrove Close

(off Wigram Road)

P: 03 322 7922


Hot, dry summer





See us for all your timber and hardware needs.


Timber & Hardware

Call in today for your free quote!

167 Manion Road, Rolleston

P 03 347 7465 E

Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 8am-12pm

73 Hire Rolleston is gearing up for

a busy spring and summer where

farmers, life-stylers, contractors and

homeowners alike can choose

from their extensive range of hire

equipment to keep their properties in

check. With NIWA predicting a dry,

hot summer with a below average

rainfall and irrigators going flat out

already, now is a good time to get

those paddocks and lawns under

control. 73 Hire has suitable machinery

available for hire from tractors and

excavators to equipment for the

garden and paddock maintenance

including mowers, weeders and

hedge trimmers.

Labour Weekend Hire Special

Labour Weekend is the perfect time

to get stuck into projects and 73

Hire Rolleston offer a selection of

equipment and plant for all your

project needs – big or small. With a

three day weekend, 73 Hire is offering

a 2 4 1 special where equipment can

be collected on Saturday evening

and returned the following Tuesday

morning and you pay for just one

day hire. Bookings are essential and

conditions do apply.

Come and check out 73 Hire Rolleston

on the corner of Jones and Hoskyns

Road – entry is one way from 790

Jones Road exiting to Hoskyns Road.

Bookings for equipment are essential.

Locally owned and operated, the

friendly, experienced staff can help

you with advice for your next project.

Call in to check out their range of

plant and equipment or phone: 03 347

0450 or visit:



Hire for two days

pay for one day!

Collect Saturday 5pm, return Tuesday 8am

Conditions apply

73 Hire rolleston - 790 Jones Road, Rolleston

(opp Drummond and Etheridge & the John Deere tractors)

Phone 03 347 0450

73 Hire - Rolleston |

plant and

equipment Hire

open Monday to Saturday, 7.30aM-5pM

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Green Finger finds

Kokedama, hand crafted with

love from


NZ artist Flox products featuring native

birds, ferns and owers from

We’ve got

you watered

Stunning, self-watering porcelain

planter from

EmGuards environmentally friendly

bio-degradable plant guards from

Best Water Solutions

P: 0274 676 183 E:

General engineering and outdoor power equipment

Sales and service to Canterbury and Selwyn areas

Doyleston Engineering Works

has been selling and servicing

outdoor power equipment in the

Selwyn district for over 50 years.

We pride ourselves on selling

and servicing top brands at very

competitive pricing.

So why not shop local for all your

outdoor power products.

Open Mon - Friday 8am – 5pm

Cnr Drain Road & Queen Street, Doyleston, Canterbury

Ph/Fax: 03 3243 940 | Mob: 022 038 2839 | Email:

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The art of hunting truffles

An exciting find: a freshly

dug organic truffle

Quick to learn: Samantha rewards Bess

with a treat for successfully finding a truffle.

A truffle hunt: Lisa digs for a

truffle after Bess points it out.

Tresillian Truffles in West Melton was the second

truffle orchard, or truffiere, in New Zealand. The

property was planted with 1500 trees inoculated for

bianchetto or white truffles about 18 years ago, with

a mix of oak, pinenut and hazelnut trees.

When Lisa and Stephen Williams bought the

property three years ago they had no idea if the

truffiere was productive. In fact, they had never

seen a truffle before. But it didn’t take long for the

couple to get up to speed.

The first step was to hire a truffle dog to sniff around

to find truffles - or not, since not all inoculated trees

are productive - and truffles were found!

“It’s expensive to hire a truffle dog; about $200 an

hour. And it’s not performance-based. You pay

whether the dog finds truffles or not. So, we decided

to see if we could train our dog, Bess – and she took

to it quickly,” says Lisa. “After three short training

sessions Bess was able to find 1.5kgs of truffles in 30

minutes. She loves finding them, and quite likes the

taste too.”

Truffle hunting with Bess is a lot of fun. She’s excited

to be out in the truffiere and her enthusiasm is

infectious. At the command: “Find me a truffle,

Bess” she goes off sniffing. When she smells a truffle,

she taps the ground with her paw to indicate where

to dig.

Her handler asks her to sit and digs at the spot, and

there’s usually a truffle to be found. Lisa says she’s

99% accurate.

Over the last two years Bess has become more

scent-specific and she will now only tap for truffles

that are ripe and ready for harvest. Bess also has

an apprentice - one of her offspring - so she won’t

have to work quite so hard next year.

Truffles have a symbiotic relationship with the trees

in the truffiere helping the tree to grow. A stressed

tree produces more truffles, as the micronization

increases to support the growing tree. The truffles

are linked to the roots of the tree by a small thread,

when this connection is broken the truffles start to

deteriorate. The truffles can be found on the soil’s

surface down to a foot or more underground. They

are a pale yellow to reddish brown colour and are

either smooth like skin or like a fine suede to touch.

The Bianchetto truffles range from as small as one’s

little fingernail in size, up to about egg-size – which

would be a large find.

“They have a strong earthy scent with a hint of

garlic and mushroom that permeates everything.

But the taste is nothing like the smell. Bianchetto

white truffles are generally used as a finishing

product – grated raw on risotto, meat, or soup – or

even into ice cream.”

The Bianchetto truffle should not be heated over 60

degrees hence and is used as a finishing product,

whereas the Perigold Black truffle can be heated.

“We recently had a food critic rate our truffles

as being more aromatic and tasty than those

produced in Italy, which I put down to the climate

and soils – a bit like wine. We are also the only

organic spray-free truffiere in New Zealand, using

ducks for pest control,” says Lisa.

Considered a rare delicacy, truffles of all types

sell for around $3.50 per gram. In season (May to

September) Tresillian Truffles offers truffle hunts and

meal to taste truffles catering for various price

ranges from budget to gourmet.

To go on a truffle hunt or buy truffles, contact Lisa

on or phone: 021 083


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your garden



Prebbleton-based Parva Plants,

owned by former garden landscapers

Greg and Jenny Tod, is an online

plant nursery specialising in rare and

hard-to-find plants. The business has

been supplying mail order and, more

recently, online plant orders

throughout New Zealand for

more than 50 years.

“Parva Plants is all

about sourcing and

selling unusual

plants - ones that

you won’t find at

other nurseries -

at competitive

prices. About

80 percent of

our plants are

grown on-site from

seed or tissue culture

or sourced from local

growers, but we also source

plants globally.

We’ve got a unique packaging

system developed by the previous

owner of Parva that ensures the plants

are sent upright and arrive at our

customers in good condition,” says


Parva Plants increased their standard

pot size to 1L a year or so ago. This

means they ship larger grade plants

with a bigger root system, and these

will have a better survival rate when

planting out. A lot of the plants are

also garden-tested to ensure they

thrive when planted.

The extensive product range includes

everything from old-fashioned

plants that are hard to

source, to new releases,

and includes a range

of perennials and

succulents through

to native plants

and exotic blubs.

In addition

to a very


website, Greg and

Jenny produce

a free printed

catalogue every six

months with at least 500

different items listed, along with

planting advice.

Go to to

browse their online nursery or request

the latest catalogue or check out the

garden gallery section for inspiration

for your garden. The knowledgeable

team at Parva Plants would also

be happy to assist with advice and

recommend plants that will work well


RhodoDirect, a specialist

rhododendron nursery with a focus

on large-grade plants, is becoming a

leading rhododendron supplier in New


Lisa and Stephen Williams, both

keen gardeners with experience in

horticulture, purchased the business

and relocated it to West Melton in

March this year. It was an unplanned

adventure! A road trip to buy a

handful of rhododendrons from the

Hanmer Springs area ended up in a

purchase of 4500 plants and a new

business venture to complement their


RhodoDirect is a family-owned

business, keenly supported by the

Williams’ two teenage daughters

who share the passion for nature and


Their new venture has been both

successful and a steep learning curve.

“Customers love the value we add by

applying our horticultural knowledge

to gardening and helping people

choose plants that suit their climate

and soil conditions,” says Lisa.

RhodoDirect currently has 6000

versatile and hardy evergreen

rhododendron plants in stock, with a

range of around 500 different varieties,

which they plan to expand with an

in-house propagation unit that will

start in October. They will also cultivate

specific thrips-resistant varieties.

“We cater for all budgets with smaller

plants starting from $25 to more

mature 10-year-old plants for the

instant fill-in effect. We’re excited to

share our knowledge and encourage

people to visit before the end of

November to view the plants in flower

and make a shopping list,” says Lisa.

They sell online to customers from

as far afield as Waiheke Island to

Stewart Island. They are also open to

the public from now until the end of

November from 10am to 3pm, and

by appointment between December

and August.

Find RhodoDirect at 377 Halkett Road,

West Melton or visit www.rhododirect.

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Experienced, knowledgeable staff will

give information and advice via email,

phone or in person at Allwood Trees.

Send us your landscape plan and we

can advise on plant selection.

Soft Landscape Plans

This is a plan with detailed specifications

related to your property. Showing both

botanical and common names of trees

and shrubs, as well as quantites and

other relevant comments (eg spacing).

Delivery & Planting

We can deliver and plant trees

purchased from Allwood Trees. We do

everything from digging the hole to

staking the tree and adding slow release


Allwood Trees, 913 Shands Road,

Prebbleton 7676

Quotations/Soft Landscaping

Send us your plant list and we will quote as quickly as possible. We are able to provide

different tree and shrub size options and suggest alternatives if particular trees or

shrubs are not available. In conjunction with Readylawn, Allwood can construct and

plant your new garden and lawns.

Phone: (03) 349 9240



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Whether your tree needs pruned,

thinned or something more extensive,

locally owned HB Tree Services can


Owner Matt Harley is a skilled arborist

with over ten years’ experience in

arboriculture, gardening, landscaping

and operating heavy machinery. He is

always keen to climb up the tree and

get to work. Matt is passionate about

tree care and removal, and enjoys

sharing his industry knowledge.

“I love to discuss and share my

knowledge with clients for the ongoing

benefit of the tree,”says Matt,

who is based in Rolleston. “As well

as making sure the work we do is

aesthetically pleasing to our clients,

we strive to leave the trees we prune

healthy and safe to be around.”

Tree care

that matters

Pruning trees can benefit the whole

tree and removing dead, damaged

and diseased branches helps prevent

insect and decay organisms from

entering the tree. Thinning a dense

canopy on a tree increases air and

sunlight, resulting in fewer disease


HB Tree Services was established to

give people the best possible service

for an affordable rate including an

entire garden maintenance schedule.

Matt believes in fair pricing and not

over quoting. He also gives back to

the local community donating fire

wood to families in need.

To contact Matt at HB Tree Services,

phone: 022 4700137, email: matt@ or visit: www.

Professional Arborist &

Garden Maintenance Services

Contact us for a free quote today - available during

weekdays or weekends to find a time convenient to you

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- Hedge Trimming

- Planting

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all your plant needs

ph: 03 347 8207

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16 | selwyn gardening guide spring 2020

Your local

spring planting


Proudly part of the Selwyn Community for over a


Southern Woods Nursery, located near Lincoln,

Prebbleton, West Melton and Rolleston, has become

a local hub for all things plants.

Selwyn home owners are lucky to virtually have

everything they need to beautify and extend their

gardens right on their doorstep and a visit to

Southern Woods can provide plenty of inspiration -

and expert advice.

“Many of our staff live nearby which means that

have an understanding of which plants suit your

property’s location, soil type and aspect,” says

Business Development Manager Rico Mannall.

“We really appreciate the support from all our

customers and our ‘local’ commitment extends

sourcing from Selwyn suppliers and businesses.”

The purpose-built retail store is filled with a huge

range of options for ground cover, hedging,

deciduous trees, bushes and grasses, along with

spots of colour to add focus.

The majority of plants are grown on site and looked

after by the team of 45 dedicated staff who are on

hand to help, provide free advice based on their

many years in the business.

If you are unsure exactly what you are looking for a

landscape architect and designer are also on-site

to make your selection even easier. Another option

is to take in your plans and they can help with

deciding on which plants to use.

Southern Woods stocks everything you will need to

refresh your garden, including premium tools, bark,

fertiliser, compost, disease control products and

potting mix.

Delivery can be arranged across New Zealand and

is a popular option for many customers.

Visit the Southern Woods website at or give the friendly team a

call on 0800 800 352.

Or, even better, pop in for a visit at 1002 Robinsons

Road for some inspiration and new ideas for your

next planting project,

Visit our

Great Plant Centre

Spring Planting Tips

Spring is the one of the best planting seasons, this

time of year is a ideal time to plant most species of

landscaping plants.

Preparation is everything

Remember to prepare your soil before planting. Apply

compost and gypsum now for best results.

A great time to fertilise

Apply fertilisers to get the best colour out of your

garden. We recommend Grotabs slow release fertiliser

and Yates Thrive Seaweed.

Protect from pests and diseases

Pests and diseases thrive as your garden grows.

Use Neem granules and oil to help ward off any nasties.

It’s the perfect time to mulch

Keeps the moisture in and the weeds out.

Need help?

See our expert team for free quotes, plant sourcing

landscape design, consultations and much more.

Child and Dog friendly

Open 7 days

Open 7 Days - 1002 Robinsons Road, Between Templeton & Rolleston - Phone 0800 800 352 - Order Online New Zealand Wide

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