Port Chalmers and District Lions Club president Bill
Parsons helps sell rhododendrons during the club's annual
gala day at the Lady Thorn Dell yesterday. Photo by Gerard
Plants, preserves and provisions satisfied visitors to
the Lady Thorn Dell at Port Chalmers yesterday.
Community stalls offering fresh produce, rhododendrons and
other potted plants, crafts, homemade jam and chutney,
face-painting and seafood chowder were set up in the dell for
the annual Port Chalmers and District Lions Club gala day.
Live music by Dunedin group the Three Altos entertained
people as they meandered through the rhododendron dell,
developed by Lions members over the past 14 years.
Gala day convener Les Box said it was a chance for the Lions
and other community groups or charities to raise money, but
first and foremost it was a fun community day for Port
Chalmers residents and visitors.
''Any proceeds or profits the Lions make from today goes back
into the dell,'' he said.
Club members had planted hundreds of rhododendrons over the
years at the site, which was a ballast rock quarry and later
''It's been a long and pretty hard project at times. We've
put in all the walkways and the lookout.''
Mr Box said the dell was becoming a popular visitor
attraction in Port Chalmers, frequented by cruise-ship
passengers and other tourists.
The dell's first wedding of the season would be held next
month, he said.