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Tuesday 27th October – Friday 30th October 2020
The organising committee extend a
cordial invitation to all NZRA members,
friends and overseas visitors to the
South Canterbury region to view both
town and country gardens and places of
interest, including a castle.
R. 'Sheila McLeod'
David Millais - Guest Speaker and Workshop Presenter
David is held in high regard in the world of rhododendrons. He runs a family nursery at Farnham about an hour out of London, which stocks one of the widest ranges of rhododendrons and azaleas in the world. Before joining his father’s business he managed a 20 hectare nursery in Dorset, England, later working for Brigg’s Nursery in Washington State, USA and the Rhododendron Species Foundation as an intern. It was in America that he came to love rhododendrons.
David held the position of Chairman of the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group for 5 years until June this year. His nursery stand won Gold at the 2013 Centennial of the Chelsea Flower show.
For further information visit:https://www.rhododendrons.uk/about-us/25-about-us
Millais Nursery Display at Chelsea 2013
Australian Rhododendron Association’s Conference
Following the New Zealand conference
David Millais will go to Tasmania where he will be the guest
speaker at the Australian Rhododendron Association’s
conference. NZRA has worked closely with the Australian
Rhododendron Association ensuring attendees can on to the
Tasmanian conference following the New Zealand conference.
Not only are these gatherings educational but the social
networking that occurs is invaluable. It is also an
opportunity to gain access to some of the best private
gardens in the world.
Dot’s Incredible Castle at ‘Riverstone’
For 30 years Dot Smith was planning her castle. She had
a clear idea of what she wanted. When turning 60 in 2008
she, in consultation with her husband Neil, decided the time
was right to build their little castle. After much
deliberation and changing of plans Neil, came up with the
idea of using a 4 hectare boggy site near the restaurant
where a lake for farm water storage and an island for the
castle could be built. Despite several setbacks along the
way, Dot’s dream has come true. Treasures she had been
collecting from all over the world now furnish the 12,000 sq
Post Conference Tour
Afternoon of Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November
All within reasonable walking
distance of the conference venue.
Conference Convenor: Rosie Morten
Timaru Registrars: Annette and Richard Hill
Ph. 03 3228182
The conference venue is situated on Caroline Bay, a
beautiful parkland area in walking distance to Timaru’s main
shopping and business centre. A large bird aviary,
children’s play area, a boardwalk to the popular sandy beach
and the Trevor Griffith Rose Garden are just a few of the
features enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. An impressive
piazza straddles the railway line providing access for
pedestrians from Timaru’s main street. Caroline Bay’s summer
carnival, run by volunteers has been operating for over 100