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ELLERSLIE GOLD: NZ Alpine Garden
Society Ellerslie team with the
awards. From left: NZ Alpine Society
members Sue Petersen, Robert
Duns, Gillian Dunkley and
Early art inspires alpine
plant display at Ellerslie
By CATE BROUGHTON
RANGIORA NZ Alpine Garden
Society members and twins,
Kate Pearce and Sue Petersen,
worked for three months on
their team s gold-winning display
at the Ellerslie International
The pair have taken part in the
society s exhibit at the event for
four years, and were thrilled their
efforts were recognised with the
gold -- and the supreme award for
A large part of the preparation
was in sourcing alpine plants in
flower from society members all
over the South Island, having
them freighted to Christchurch
and Rangiora, and making up
The display, in the Hort Galore
marquee, included 38 different
Taking their inspiration from
botanical art, which was used to
record new plants before pho-
tography, the society s exhibit
presented the plants in individual
frames on three tiers.
The sisters say their love of
plants and gardening came from
She enjoyed the unusual and
encouraged our passion, Ms
When not competing at the
Ellerslie show, working or
attending monthly society meet-
ings, the women run a small home
nursery, Behind The Hedge
The NZ Alpine Society meetings
attract 60 to 70 members, includ-
ing many from North Canterbury,
who were always keen to share
their knowledge and passion for
the plants, Mrs Petersen said.
Monthly meetings gave the
sisters an opportunity to buy and
sell varieties of alpine plants
not accessible at mainstream
nurseries, display their plants,
and hear from knowledgeable
guest speakers. Young Farmer fun
'turns a bit serious'
MILKING IT: John Wakelin farms near Cust and he has made the most of his success this year in the Young Farmer
of the Year Contest to learn new skills.
SPRINGBANK S JOHN Wakelin
has his fingers crossed for a good
day on March 30.
This is the third time the
27-year-old has entered the Young
Farmer of the Year Contest, but
it s the first time he s made it to
the regional final.
If he does well in the practical
sessions at the Oxford A&P
grounds, and then performs
strongly in the evening s question
rounds at the Okoha Hall, he
could find himself going up to
Auckland for the nationals.
I ve always done it just for a bit
of fun -- it gets me doing some
reading I wouldn t usually have
done, taking a look at different
types of farming, and this year, I
have learnt to shear a sheep along
the way -- but I have to say, things
have turned a bit serious now.
There are eight of us who have
made it through to the finals. We
start at 6.30am on that Saturday
with a series of challenges.
That evening an impromptu
speech and another round of
questions determines the winner.
Mr Wakelin has been dairy
farming since he left school,
returning to his family s property
near Cust two years ago, where he
and his brother run a herd of 300
It s been 50 years since the
family registered our first pedi-
gree. I love it, working with the
cows. I always have.
The finals will be held at the
Ohoka School Community Hall on
Jacksons Rd, from 6pm. Tickets
are $65 for a three-course meal,
cash bar and DJ. To book, call
03 368 2967 or email: jeremy.
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Rangiora or Amberley CRT stores.
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