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Autumn Gardening Tips For Busy People

The second of four seasonal Kitchen Garden seasonal workshops at Christchurch's Botanic Gardens takes place on Saturday 24 April and shows how to prepare your garden for winter.

Based at the Curator's House demonstration garden in Rolleston Ave, the autumn workshop focuses on preserving, storing the harvest, saving seeds and preparing for frost. There is a hands-on lesson, recipes, afternoon tea and a plant to take home, all for just $20.

Botanic Gardens curator Dr John Clemens says the response to the first workshops in February was excellent. "People seem to need a very accessible way of approaching the garden. The easy, down to earth manner of the presenters means that people can ask questions in a relaxed environment and try some hands-on techniques."

The Kitchen Gardens workshop is hosted by Louise Young, who curates the Rolleston Ave vege garden, and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor.

On Sunday 2 May, there will be a free practical Home Garden succulents workshop at the Botanic Gardens, looking at how to make the most of these absorbing plants. The Home Garden workshop is run by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

Other seasonal Kitchen Garden workshops during the year will enable budding gardeners to compost, plant summer crops, look after fruit crops and use companion planting. The Home Garden workshops will also cover the chemistry of gardening and designing with native plants.

Bookings are essential for the Kitchen Garden workshops as numbers are limited. The Friends of the Botanic Gardens workshop has open entry.

To book, or find out more information:

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/cityleisure/parkswalkways/christchurchbotanicgardens/events.aspx

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