Gillian Vine

Time beans were abroad

Time beans were abroad

Now is the time to sow broad beans, writes Gillian Vine.

Look again - they're vegetables

Look again - they're vegetables

Less familiar vegetables are attracting lots of interest but don't overlook the proven performers, says Gillian Vine.

Sweet taste of success

Sweet taste of success

As well as promoting heritage fruit trees that do well in the South, a Waitati man has taken a big step forward, Gillian Vine learns.

Success for Otago exhibitors

Success for Otago exhibitors

The Ellerslie International Flower Show has been a resounding success for two Otago exhibitors, Gillian Vine reports.

Waitati gardener's success

Waitati gardener's success

Following her success in winning a silver medal, first-time Ellerslie International Flower Show exhibitor Sally Brown, of Blueskin Nurseries, Waitati, has added a second, more significant, award to her tally.

Green fingers earn gold and silver medals

Green fingers earn  gold and silver medals

Two Otago women, both entering exhibition gardens for the first time, have scored at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch.

At home with Spain's bubbly

At home with Spain's bubbly

Seeing how a Spanish sparkling wine is made was a Barcelona highlight for Gillian Vine.

Season of talks on horticulture

Season of talks on horticulture

A popular garden talks feature resumes early next month, reports Gillian Vine.

A fine way to travel

A fine way to travel

When it comes to cruising, small is beautiful, says Gillian Vine.

True tale better than fiction

True tale better than fiction

There's nothing like television or movie exposure to pull visitors to a stately home and so it is with England's Highclere Castle, where the ITV drama Downton Abbey is filmed.