Friday, 27 October - Monday, 30
Civic Centre Feilding
Heritage Park Rhododendron Charitable
Trust, on behalf of the New Zealand Rhododendron Association, invite you
to attend the 2017 Annual Conference. This invitation is extended to all
NZRA members, overseas rhododendron group members and residents of the
A range of gardens have been selected for
your enjoyment and we are most grateful to the garden owners for their
participation in this event.
The bloom display will be located in the
Feilding Civic Centre and we encourage you to bring blooms to add to the
display, from 1.00 pm on Friday. Labels will be provided. It will be
open to view from 6.00 pm Friday until Sunday evening and is open to the
public from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday.
The evening of Saturday, 28 October, is
free of official commitments. There is a range of eating places
available in Feilding and outlying areas.
On Friday morning there is a weekly
Farmers’ Market in the Feilding Town Square which has a wide range of
produce and goods for sale. Also on Friday morning you can arrange a
tour of the large, internationally known saleyards, with a sale in
progress, by contacting the Feilding Information Centre.
As is usual at this time of the year, the
weather may be unsettled and we recommend warm clothing, wet weather
gear and sturdy footwear.
Every effort has been made to ensure
gardens and coach stopping points are safe. It is a condition of
registration that you assume responsibility for your own safety and
possessions during the Conference. Paths may be uneven and a walking
stick is recommended if you need this assistance.
Coaches will collect from the listed
accommodation at 5.30 Friday evening for registration and dinner at the
Feilding Civic Centre. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings
registrants staying in the listed accommodation will be collected from
their motel each day and taken to the departure point at the Civic
Centre. This will be reversed at the end of the day on Saturday and
Sunday. On Sunday night buses will again collect from the listed
accommodation for the Conference dinner at the Civic Centre. On Monday
coaches will leave from ‘Omahuri’ to go to Palmerston North airport and
Feilding Civic Centre.
There is a 300m walk to access a garden
on Monday. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you require car
transport for this distance.
Transport from Palmerston North Airport.
There are regular shuttles to Feilding available and we
will notify them as to the number coming in on each
South Street West Motel.
Address: 61 South Street, Feilding
Contact Name: Pauline
Phone: 06 323 1811 Fax: 06
Tariff: From $140 for 1-2 people per night. Sleeps 83. The
motel is block booked until the end of March. Let them know it is a
booking for the NZRA Conference as this affects the room rates.
Address: 7 Kimbolton Road Feilding
Contact Name: Murray &
Phone: 06 323 6837 Fax: 06 323 5892
50. Tariff from $95 -$120 for up to two people, extra adult $20. The
block booking extends to the end of June.
Fergusson Street Feilding
Contact Name: Dion & Wendy
06 323 8761 Fax: 06 323 3821
Sleeps 50 Studios from $120,
Family units from $150. The block booking extends to the end of
Raceway Court Motel,
20 Awahuri Rd,
Paul & Sharon,
Phone: 06 323 78914 Fax: 06 323 7891
firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.racewaymotel.co.nz
Please telephone or email when
making an early reservation as the on-line prices will not
necessarily apply and it will appear there are no vacancies because
of the block booking .
Friday Oct 27
Farmer’s Market Optional
Feilding Sale-yards Tour Optional
Bloom display set up - Feilding Civic Centre
commence - Feilding Civic Centre
‘Meet & Greet’
and evening meal
Saturday Oct 28
Coaches depart for ‘Puketawa’
Depart for the Wind Farm
Depart for ‘Springvale’
Depart for ‘Tiro Roa’
Depart for “Springvale”
Boxed lunch at ‘Springvale’
Depart for ‘Tiro Roa’
Depart for ‘Greenhaugh’
Depart for the Wind Farm
Depart for ‘Greenhaugh’
Afternoon Tea at ‘Greenhaugh’
Depart for Feilding
Sunday Oct 29
Guest Speakers and Pruning
Workshop, Feilding Civic Centre
NZRA Annual General Meeting
Depart for ‘Heritage Park’
Lunch at ‘Heritage Park’
Depart for ‘Cross Hills’
Depart for ‘AK Ranch’
Afternoon Tea at ‘AK Ranch’
Depart for Feilding
Conference Dinner at the Feilding Civic
Monday Oct 30
Groups A & B
Depart for 'Chatswood’
Depart for ‘Lansdale’
Depart for ‘Lansdale’
Depart for 'Chatswood'
Depart for 'Omahuri'
Lunch at ‘Omahuri’
Depart for Palmerston North Airport
Depart for Feilding Civic
987 Colyton Road, Feilding
Ross and Jackie Whitelock
garden that is called ' Puketawa ' was originally purchased by Nelson
and Phyllis Whitelock in 1972. In those days the four hectares of native
bush was unfenced and open for stock to graze as part of a bigger farm.
In 1973 Nelson fenced off the bush to stock and planted some Redwood
trees in a clearing. In 1995 six hectares was surveyed off and placed
under a QE2 covenant for protection. Soaring Nikau Palms, Tawa, Redwoods
and other forest giants provide the canopy, while silver ferns and
Kawakawa have filled the undergrowth. A house was then built to create
the lifestyle that is now ‘Puketawa’. Over the following three or four
years Nelson and Phyllis landscaped the property guided by the late
Palmerston North landscape architect David Irvine. In 2008 the property
was sold to their son Ross and his wife Jackie. Ross and Jackie together
have carried on tending the property and have endeavoured to put their
own style into the visual appearance of the garden.
2180 Pohangina Valley East Road, Komako
Bird life is prolific in this sprawling garden.
Features include a rhododendron and campanulata cherry border planted by
the original English gardeners 100 years ago. Four further generations
have made their mark. Plantings include azaleas and rhododendrons,
conifers and deciduous trees. Chatham Island forget-me-nots are planted
beneath towering totaras and beech trees. Many of the specimens have
been named with the year of planting to further contribute to the
history of this property. Even the fish pond has its history - old black
and white photos show local families using it as a swimming pool.
Te Apiti Wind Farm
Te Apiti Wind Farm is located on 1150
hectares of farmland and is the first wind farm built by Meridian in New
The wind near the Manawatu Gorge is exceptional, even by
international standards. The strong, unimpeded winds from the Tasman Sea
and the funnel effect of the Manawatu Gorge make this the perfect place
for a wind farm.
Twenty-one kilometres of roads were built to
transport the turbine parts and fifty-five foundations were excavated
for the turbines which were installed by a 400 tonne crawler.
Apiti Wind Farm generates enough electricity each year for about 39,000
average New Zealand homes.
‘Tiro Roa’ Gardens and Nursery
1116 Pohangina Road,
Steve and Dee Edwards
lovely cottage garden set against the stunning backdrop of the Ruahine
Ranges and overlooking the green terraces of the Pohangina Valley. There
are mature trees, a small stream, bird house, garden seats and a pond.
Borders line the gardens, with hundreds of different varieties of
perennials, most of which are available for sale in the on-site nursery.
914 Napier Road, Palmerston North
A Garden of National
Significance, Greenhaugh Gardens surround a colonial homestead built in
1874. The two hectare semi-formal gardens have been developed over the
past thirty eight years. Old roses, perennials, self-seeding annuals and
bulbs are restrained by box hedging closer to the house. Shell rock
paths lead through the pergola to the more informal water and woodland
gardens. Each season boasts its own display and always there is much to
see. Enjoy views of the surrounding fields where the donkey, horse and
sheep graze. Plants for cash sale in the plant nursery - many rare and
Heritage Park Rhododendron Garden
Heritage Park Rhododendron Charitable Trust
This magnificent garden contains about 2000
rhododendrons, trees and shrubs. Enjoy lawn areas, interlinking ponds,
heritage rhododendrons from around the world, older New Zealand hybrids
and unique deciduous azaleas. This park has an ever evolving landscape
and fascinating history.
Cross Hills Gardens and Nursery
339 Rangiwahia Rd,
Rodney and Faith Wilson
park-like garden that features one of the world’s finest collections
rhododendrons and azaleas, with over 2,000 varieties. Many other rare
trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted to add interest to all
seasons and provide a colourful and vibrant display. An on-site maze
gives children, and the young at heart, hours of fun!
459 Terrace Road, RD 7,
Alistair and Kay Milne
years ago the one hectare garden and 0.8 km drive was a bare paddock.
John and Francis McColl started developing the garden in 1982 with a
mostly deciduous tree lined drive and landscaped garden. A variety of
conifers, oaks, gums, maples, and birches with an understory of
camellias, (140 before we cut some out)rhododendrons, large rocks,
rambling roses, etc. were planted, including some rare and unusual
We bought the farm in 2006 and started overhauling areas
which had become overgrown. The re-development is ongoing with natives,
deciduous and evergreen azaleas, annual/perennial borders, garden art,
fruit trees and vegetable gardens being added to the mix.
126 Karere Road, Kairanga
An expansive park-like
garden originally designed in 1912 by Buxton, an English landscape
gardener from Christchurch. Large oaks, elms, horse chestnut, plane, ash
and sequoias in this five acre garden are over 100 years old. Admire the
cascading water feature, and walk over the many bridges which link the
gardens and lakes. Tuis, grey herons and kingfishers are regular
visitors to the garden.
Bunnythorpe Road, Kairanga
Bruce and Sandra Wilson
Be impressed by the extensive potager garden,
rows of olive trees and lavender beds, oak and hazelnut plantings,
herbaceous borders, heritage roses, gazebos, small oriental garden,
woodland areas, a classically designed labyrinth, orchard with its
beehives, plant nursery and a composting area. The extensive formal and
informal area blend together effectively, as do the ornamental and
115 Staces Road, Aokautere,
Lindsay and Sue Davies
Sue and Lindsay describe their 10 acre
property as “a place of young trees”, despite owning the garden for
thirty years. The drive features a bank of double azaleas which have
been raised by Sue. The house garden is intensively planted with trees,
rhododendrons, bulbs and perennials and includes specimens of
rhododendrons which Sue has hybridized and grown. There are views of the
garden from every window in the house.
Two ‘blocks’ of the property
have been intensively planted with rhododendron species and there are
many mature trees, some of which are planted as hedges.
tree area is being developed by Lindsay and Sue’s latest project is a
pond in the same area.
“New Zealand’s Heritage Gardens-Repositories
of the Past, Present and Future”
Graham will use Gwavas Woodland
Garden as an example.
“What grows blooming well for you…” A
powerpoint presentation of favourite rhododendrons, selected by Trial
Committee members in different parts of the country.
On Sunday night there will be an auction of
rhododendrons which have been especially propagated for the Conference
by Sue Davies, including a mystery collector’s item.
sales table will be available at the Conference venue and it includes
rhododendron species sourced from gardens throughout New Zealand, as
part of the NZRA conservation programme. Cash/cheque sales only as there
are no eftpos facilities available.
The Strong Room
The Drover’s Return
There is also
a wide range of take away outlets.
Your registration form can be downloaded (click
here) or register online
(click here) .
Please remember to take a copy for your own records.
The registration fee covers Opening function, all
lunches, morning and afternoon teas and Conference Dinner.
Dietary requirements - If you have special dietary
requirements please ensure they are fully spelled out on the
Accommodation - You are urged to make your accommodation
booking as soon as you can.
Conference Registrar: Chris Wilson, 17 Tawa Street,
Te Kuiti, 3910 E-mail: