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The science of food


“Ever wanted to know if a cow is smiling? Or how you can make your car run on food waste from the rubbish dump?”

 

 

Well Grow Ō Tautahi Science Ambassador Trevor Stuthridge is keen to share cool science along with research that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

“I think scientists often forget how amazing our job is and how excited our research can make people,” the AgResearch Research Director says.

Trevor is leading the Science of Food Hub during Christchurch’s free, three-day Garden Festival Grow Ō Tautahi.

Challenged by the ideas and questions of local secondary students, environmental experts from AgResearch, Lincoln University and Environment Canterbury will explore the topics that matter to our region right now and into the future.

“It is a great chance to make science real by engaging audiences in environmental and sustainability issues that really mean something to their lives,” he says.

A self-professed “uber geek”, Trevor is thrilled to have the opportunity to share cutting-edge science at the festival and demonstrate how local research can have a real benefit to our personal and community wellbeing.

“We’re all becoming more aware that what we consume has a direct impact on both our health and our environment. A future where we tailor food to our individual genetics and track its source according to consumer preferences is now on the horizon.

“Indeed, local research organisations and universities view the region as a strong, living laboratory for how science can make a difference for New Zealand.”


 

Luxe Landscapes


With more than 15 years of landscaping and construction experience in England, Australia and New Zealand, Carl Gildea specialises in designing stylish, unique gardens for homeowners to enjoy.

 

 

It all began on a working holiday in Australia where he enjoyed the creative and satisfying work of laying paving and building retaining walls.

When he arrived in New Zealand, Carl established his own company Willow Landscapes, covering all aspects of landscape design and construction from decking and retaining walls, to driveways, lawns and creating completely new gardens.

“I’m told I have a very good eye for detail and symmetry. That’s why I love paving, but because one of my hobbies is building timber furniture, I am also passionate about using timber in gardens to fashion pergolas, screens, fencing and decking.”

Carl’s pavement designs are bespoke and beautiful, ranging from perfect straight lines, to sweeping koru-shaped patterns.

All paving, patio builds and other concrete works are completed to professional top-quality standards by masonry craftsmen.

Decks, pergolas, raised garden beds and fencing are all simple, yet stylish ways Carl and the team can transform bare landscapes into modern, appealing spaces to entertain, relax and enjoy.

He also has a deep appreciation for New Zealand’s flora and fauna and is passionate about introducing natives into all the gardens he designs and constructs.

For a free quote and design inspiration, call Carl on 021 536 442.


 

Designer delectables for the garden


Parsley, sage rosemary and thyme, as the Simon and Garfunkel song goes, reminds us of our cherished common garden-variety herbs. However, here are a bunch of some quirkier edibles to grow, that once savoured will become seasoning staples. Hunt them out at garden centres and farmers’ markets this summer.

 

 

 

Vietnamese mint
Not your common garden-variety mint – this unmistakable and quite addictive flavour will wow the tastebuds of Vietnamese foodie fans.

Rocket
Move over lettuce, wild rocket will really take off in the garden. Keep picking it so it doesn’t go to seed.

The delicate summery leaves will add pizazz to a salad, or a peppery twist piled upon a pizza or any savoury dish.

Borage
The gorgeous blue flowers are beloved by bees, and these delicately flavoured blooms will take plating presentation to the next level.

Add to ice cubes for star-shaped cool colour.

French tarragon
This requires a little tender loving care, but the unmistakable elegant flavour transports a dish straight to the South of France.

Lemongrass
No need to rush out for Thai takeaways if there is lemongrass in the garden. This is piquancy plus.

Add boiling water to the stems for a healthy herbal tea – refreshing either hot or iced.

Horopito
This native bush’s red-tinged leaves have medicinal and tongue-tingling culinary uses.

Dry them and sprinkle on dishes for some zing – a great chilli alternative.


 

A cute above


If you’re landscaping these holidays, or working on a summer project and want to keep maintenance to a minimum, maybe it’s time to consider synthetic grass.

 

Before
After

More and more people are installing the lawns, surfaces for outdoor play areas, and even personalised golf putting greens that provide the look of green space, but require none of the care and preparation.

GrassPro has transformed the way we view ‘fake grass’ and is becoming a popular landscaping alternative for gardeners worldwide.

Christchurch GrassPro operator Tim Gerard specialises in installing the product at townhouses, apartments, over 60s units, or smaller areas that are causing a nuisance for homeowners.

The company can supply and install a range of specialist synthetic landscaping grasses to suit your taste and requirements.

All grasses are UV stable, include no nasty chemicals or heavy metals, and are guaranteed for seven years. GrassPro can also install the product at early childhood centres and day cares, and they work hard to ensure all health and safety requirements, and New Zealand regulations are met.

They’ve also combined landscaping grass with a specialist golf putting green grass to create the perfect green for every golfer.

GrassPro is a part of the ProGroup, a Kiwi family-owned business providing “niche property transformation services”.

For a free, no obligation quote on how GrassPro can help improve your backyard, or a special project you have in mind, call Tim on 027 349 0527.


 

Here comes the bride!


Yes, we’re in wedding season again with sunny skies ahead and long balmy evenings just made for celebrating outdoors.

 

We get regular requests from the hassled bride’s mother about having the garden picture-perfect for the big day, or for the next day’s after-match function. So here are a few pointers to get the wedding look – easily.

First pointer, don’t let ‘garden stress’ spoil what should be a fun party for everyone, including the hosts. Everyone’s there to have a memorable time, not to pick over the garden looking for weeds. Talking loudly, laughing and inhaling your expensive bubbly will blur any detailed memories of the garden.

Green lawns, trimmed edges/hedges instantly give the garden a manicured look and mowing regularly for the three weeks prior avoids the ‘scalped’ look. Feed the lawn six weeks before the big day and water deeply if there’s no rain around. A final mow three days before the wedding gives the best look.

Focal points of massed colour are the easiest way to create the ‘wow!’ factor as guests arrive and mingle. Large tubs of a single colour of flower are the most eye-catching and place them where they’ll have the most effect. Make sure there’s enough room for two people to walk between them – very important for the bride and groom!

The front gate, the front door, entrances to pergolas or marquees, beside gaps through hedges and gates to pool areas are all focal points. The scale changes with large numbers of people, so large tubs have more impact.

Roses really set the scene and “How can I have the perfect roses just at the right time?” is probably the pre-wedding question we get asked the most. Water is the basic requirement of roses and it’s almost impossible to over-water them.

Trickling a hose steadily at the base is the best way to water, rather than on the foliage, but if you can’t avoid overhead watering do it first thing in the morning, rather than the evening.

Feeding six weeks before the required date promotes fresh, new, clean growth, and the period from pruning to flowering is around six weeks. Regular spraying halts pests and diseases – if you need any advice on roses just ring or call us.

Flower beds can easily be a riot of colour all through summer with a bit of TLC and the good old reliable varieties are still the way to go – white petunias, white alyssum, lobelia, blue cornflowers, cream marigolds, white cosmos, blue salvias, and white impatiens in shade.

Pockets of summer annuals will reinforce your colour schemes and larger numbers of less varieties will have maximum impact. Rows of geraniums in terracotta pots are simple and effective. Weddings can be a once-in-a-lifetime event – enjoy the fun!


 

Oderings

Tailor your garden space: Oderings


Whether it’s a blank canvas or an existing garden, taking the time to reflect on your landscape design now will ensure you have the garden of your dreams for years to come.

 

Oderings

 

The design team at Oderings Landscaping encourages clients to consider the following when planning a new or improved garden.

 

How will you use your garden?
Is it space for your children to play, to throw a ball for your dog, or would you like to grow your own edibles year-round? Maybe the focus is on outdoor entertaining, or a secluded oasis to retreat to after a hard week at work?

 

What is your vision?
Do you have a design theme in mind? Do you like a formal or informal setting? Features to think about are plant textures and whether you like lots of flowers, coloured foliage, fruiting plants, low maintenance, evergreen or deciduous, natives or exotics, scented or edibles. If you don’t know where to start, take pictures of garden features you admire or search the internet/Pinterest for inspiration.

 

What are your must-haves?
What would you like to incorporate into your design? This may include water features, raised garden beds or a deck with plenty of lighting for outdoor entertaining. Don’t forget to think about pathways, seating, BBQ areas and fences.

 

Think outside the square
Are there any issues you would like to address? These include but are not limited to privacy, soil condition, sun and wind issues, noise, drainage and allergies.

 

How much time are you willing to invest in your garden?
This is where you need to be honest. Are you content spending time over the weekend on maintenance? It’s possible to have a garden with wow factor that won’t take up all your spare time. Oderings helps make the correct plant choices to suit any lifestyle.

 

Future Proof:
Now is the time to consider the what-ifs. Consider laying conduits under driveways, paths or decks as they are installed, allowing for any irrigation, power or lighting you many want later. Will you need extra water sources in the future? Consider installing multiple tap points around the property.

Feeling overwhelmed? This is where the professionals come in. The design team at Oderings has a Landscape Architect ready to help make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible, ensuring you get the best garden, every time.

 


For more information contact admin@oderingslandscaping.co.nz.


 

Stratco

Seasonal Solutions


Technically, our country enjoys a temperate maritime climate, but quite often climate doesn’t get the memo and it’s just a little ‘too’ something to get the most from your outdoor living space: a little too hot, a little too windy or a little too wet.

 

Stratco

 

The team at Stratco can provide you with the full range of outdoor shelter solutions, bespoke to your home, garden and lifestyle. “The right solution can really extend the amount of time you spend outdoors within the warmer seasons, and also get you out there for more months of the year,” says General Manager David Allingham.

Stratco’s large range includes everything from fencing for wind breaks, fixed verandas, sunroofs, fully electronic louvres, carports, pergolas, garden and wood sheds. They’re engineered to withstand the wind conditions of the area, and the streamlined designs complement any style of home and garden. Stratco Louvre or Fixed Veranda systems are custom built to your size and layout to suit your needs – units can be attached to your house or freestanding.

 

Stratco

 

Louvre systems come standard with a remote control and rain sensors to give you complete control over the weather. Fixed verandas include sheeted roofing to provide strength for wind and snow loading, and add polycarbonate sheets to allow protected light to come through. Both systems create comfortable living spaces in our otherwise harsh environment.

Outdoor Product Specialist Steve Cain says, “it works really well when people spend some time over the summer break considering how they would like to make the most of their outdoor spaces”. “In the New Year, we can complete installation within six weeks of the order, so their outdoor time for summer 2018/19 could be extended well into autumn.”

 

Stratco

The process is simple and stress free: Steve can talk you through the full range of solutions bespoke to you in size and colours. Once you’ve made some choices, the next step is the free measure and quote. The quote is fully detailed and all-inclusive for plumbing and electrical. “There won’t be any hidden costs,” Steve says.

On accepting the quote you’ll receive a fully dimensioned plan. Peace of mind comes from knowing that the team at Stratco offers project management that includes all of the subtrades and, of course, quality control. There is a great range of images on the website at www.stratco.co.nz, the Hands Road showroom is open 8am to 5pm on weekdays and Steve carries a working model on his truck.

Not just a great looking and fully engineered solution to suit demanding Australasian conditions, all Stratco products come with a full warranty. “We stand by our products. The Stratco brand is focused on quality and service and we are justly proud of what we do,” Dave says.

 



 

Oderings Landscaping

Grass with class: Oderings Landscaping


Oderings Landscaping helps you ensure that the grass is always greener on your side of the fence.

 

Oderings Landscaping

 

The company specialises in all aspects of lawn installation and lawn care. Whether it’s a new lawn, or bringing an existing lawn back to life, the team has the knowledge and skills to give you a lush lawn that your neighbours will envy. What is the function of your lawn? Is it a show piece or to play backyard cricket with the kids? Will there be pets using the area? A consultation with the landscaping team covers these considerations and the surrounding environment to give you a successful purpose-built lawn.
“We are often asked what our secret for a successful lawn is, and our reply is always the same,” Landscape Manager Jeremy Odering says.

“Success lies in the preparation, do it right the first time and your time and effort will be rewarded with a healthy lawn that looks amazing for years to come.” By using the highest quality methods and materials, Oderings Landscaping takes the time to do it right, ensuring there is a good depth of quality topsoil and that the surface is perfectly level before the installation. Depending on your needs they offer the options of instant lawn, hydroseeding and hand-sown seed.

Don’t forget the irrigation! Take the hassle out of keeping your lawn hydrated through the summer months by installing an irrigation system. Depending on your needs and budget, this can range from simple pop ups through to a fully automated system.
To keep your lawn looking lush in the years to come, it’s important to keep a regular routine of maintenance and care. With its dedicated maintenance service, Oderings Landscaping can care for your lawn all-year-round. Services available include scarifying, dethatching, feeding, weed control and more.

 

 


For all your lawn needs get in touch today to organise your free measure and quote.


 

Garden Court Brasserie

Embracing city’s favourite week: The Garden Court Brasserie


Raise a glass to the end of the week! Surround yourself with great company, live music and tasty tapas all in the picturesque setting of Garden Court Brasserie’s stunning rose gardens.

Garden Court Brasserie

 

Kick off the start of Cup and Show Week with a bang when you head in to the gardens for an evening of fun! The Garden Court Brasserie is embracing Christchurch’s favourite week of races, fashion and glamour by launching its new Friday Sunset Sessions.
Every Friday from 9 November you’ll be able to embrace the warmer evenings from the tranquil gardens from 4pm to 7pm, set up with comfy seating and a great atmosphere to last into the evening.

Continue the night into the Den Bar, the hotel’s luxe bar which offers a wide range of wine, beer, spirits and a tasty bite to eat. Set amongst five acres of stunning greenery, Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton boasts a moat, a vineyard and a beautiful rose garden. Garden Court Brasserie offers a variety of delicious wholesome options, whether you love balanced, healthy or indulgent gourmet dishes you’ll find something to suit your taste. Make the most of the ample-free parking available on-site.

 



 

Curators House

An edible initiative: growing green thumbs at The Curator’s House

The greenfingers amongst us have long recognised the benefits of creating food sources in our very own backyards and, with a growing recognition of the health and happiness benefits inherent in growing your own goodies, garden to plate initiatives have been increasing in popularity.

Curators House
An edible garden series is certainly something we can sink our teeth into

“We’ll discuss the importance of green cropping, and cover topics such as companion planting, orchard planting and crop rotation,” says Curator’s House gardener Louise Young.
Run twice yearly in autumn and spring, Louise co-presents the sessions with sustainability expert Rhys Taylor. “With Rhys and I coming from quite different work backgrounds, the benefit of our sessions is that participants get two points of view and two paths of information.”
Louise says the sessions are not only accessible to non-gardeners, but they are also great to upskill and update experienced gardeners.
“We want participants to leave our session really inspired to put in a vege garden, and also to have a bit of confidence in trying new techniques,” Louise says. “We have quite an organic approach to vegetable gardening – looking after the soil and the environment is very important.”
There will be the tastiest of tapas treats provided during the session from the Curator’s House restaurant. “Our tapas will focus on in-season produce from the Curator’s garden,” Louise says.
Participants in the session need only bring a pen and notebook, plus suitable footwear for walking around vegetable beds.
The Curator’s Edible Garden Session – Sunday 22 April, 10am to 12.30pm.
For more information and to book visit www.eventfinda.co.nz.