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Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular

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It’s festival time – the 25th anniversary of what is now known as the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (formerly the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival or variants on the same name). This is the single most important time on our garden visitor calendar. Please join us. The garden is looking its very best. Tomorrow (Saturday) we have Guitarra playing in the garden at 1.00pm. Don’t miss the beautiful blend of Spanish classical guitar with strong South American influences.

Tikorangi garden visitors October 2012

Admission to the garden during Festival is $12.00 or 3 x Festival tickets. Garden entry includes tea and coffee at this time. We are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm each day.

589 Otaraoa Road, RD 43, Waitara 4383, New Zealand
Email: jury@jury.co.nz | Tel & Fax: +64 6 754 6671

More Tikorangi tui – in Prunus Te Mara this week

Tikorangi Notes: Thursday 23 August, 2012

We hesitate to proclaim our garden as being full of birdsong. Heaven help me if I ever read yet another garden description where the owners claim their place as “a tranquil haven filled with birdsong”. It is such a cliche and frequently said birds are but blackbirds, thrushes and sparrows. But we do have a garden filled with birds and this week I was lucky enough to chance upon this kereru (native wood pigeon) feeding on plum blossom. They are rarely so obliging at posing for a photo shoot. For a 58 second video of this event, check out Kereru at Tikorangi, the Jury Garden.

If you are keen on magnolias, or even just pretty flower pictures, I am updating the magnolias regularly on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/thejurygarden and also on Twitter (@Tikorangi). I alternate between describing the magnolias as floral skypaper or magnolia porn. It is such a glorious time of year here and there are few, if any plants, to rival the magnolia for an over the top statement when in full bloom.

Stop Press: Magnolia Black Tulip in another Royal garden

Magnolia Black Tulip

Magnolia Black Tulip

News this morning, via The Telegraph complete with short video, that our very own Magnolia Black Tulip was the tree selected for a ceremonial planting by Burmese opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi in the company of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The planting took place at the Prince’s London residence, Clarence House. Black Tulip is now sited adjacent to a magnolia planted previously by the Dalai Lama in 2008.

Magnolia Black Tulip was bred here at Tikorangi by Mark. Last year, the Queen herself was given a presentation of Black Tulip, though it looks as if the Clarence House specimen may be slightly larger.

We are honoured by this international recognition, though Mark would have preferred them to have planted his Magnolia Felix instead.

An award, not a rum deal.

I am thrilled to accept the ALCOHOL SPRONSORSHIP PRESS AWARD for the week, administered by NZ media star Steve Braunias, for my work on the Penguin and Tui story (More Bad Penguin). It is not that we are rum drinkers. It is just that I think it might be the greatest highlight in my writing career to date, supplanting my pride at being voted second most popular writer (beaten only by the TV reviewer) in the local paper some time ago. Fame and rum await, if not fortune.

An award, no less – as opposed to a rum deal.

I am thrilled to accept the ALCOHOL SPRONSORSHIP PRESS AWARD for the week, administered by NZ media star Steve Braunias, for my work on the Penguin and Tui story below (More Bad Penguin). It is not that we are rum drinkers. I think it might be the greatest highlight in my writing career to date, supplanting my pride at being voted second most popular writer (beaten only by the TV reviewer) in the local paper some time ago. Fame and rum await, if not fortune.

Deja vu

Dr Hessayon may be surpised

Dr Hessayon may be surprised

Dear oh dear Penguin NZ yet again Same author, same editor, same publisher, same series, same sponsor BUT DIFFERENT BOOK. First the Tui NZ Fruit Garden ever so slightly embarrassingly recalled because of “allegations of plagiarism”, now the companion volume Tui NZ Vegetable Garden is recalled and to be destroyed for the same reason. A bit more than just allegations, do we think?