Gillian Vine

Rhodies of repute

Rhodies of repute

Rhododendrons are under the spotlight next month. Gillian Vine reports.

Time to get the veges in for summer

Time to get the veges in for summer

Vegetable sowing time has arrived. Gillian Vine suggests some to start with.

Time to get the veges in for summer

Time to get the veges in for summer

Vegetable sowing time has arrived. Gillian Vine suggests some to start with.

September could be said to signal the beginning of the gardening year, as seed sowing starts in earnest, especially in the vegetable garden.

Revised book by castle gardener is worth buying

Revised book by castle gardener is worth buying

Larnach Castle head gardener Fiona Eadie has revised her successful 100 best native plants for New Zealand gardens, first published in 2001.

The gold standard

 The gold standard

Design, horticultural knowledge and construction ability all played a part in scoring top honours for southern companies in Landscaping New Zealand's recent awards, Gillian Vine reports. 

Raising beds makes many tasks easier

Raising  beds makes many tasks easier

Raised vegetable beds can solve problems, says Gillian Vine.

Eye for an Iris

Eye for an Iris

Irises are just coming into flower and can be grown in wet or dry spots, says Gillian Vine.

Southern haven

Southern haven

A north-facing slope near Gore has been developed into a beautiful and productive garden. Gillian Vine reports.

Floating among the Yasawas

Floating among the Yasawas

There's nothing quite like a winter cruise in Fiji's warm waters, says Gillian Vine.

Ellerslie blooms and dies

Ellerslie blooms and dies

Christchurch has pulled the plug on the Ellerslie International Flower Show. Gillian Vine ponders the issues.