Establishing a Native Garden

  There are four basic steps to establishing a native garden, they are: PLAN, PREPARE, PLANT and PROTECT.

This workshop will cover these steps, using the Mahoe Reserve, as an example, and will include a short visit to this nearby native planting area.



Our presenters:

Fiona Waghorn is an experienced horticulturalist, who has run her own nursery for 10 years. Fiona now manages the Living Streams Community Nursery Trust which grows eco-sourced native plants;

Dr Sue Jarvis was the foundation Chair of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Mahoe Reserve on Boundary Road, and the Lincoln Envirotown Community Gardens.


Please park on the street.

Gold coin donation requested to support the Community Gardens.


Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors, Rata Foundation, Selwyn District Council, COGS, Lottery Community, Lincoln University and CDHB.

Spring into Action

Tips from our Spring into Action Workshop

Conducted by Rachel Vogan



If you missed our recent garden workshop then here’s a few tips…

  • Rachel is a strong advocate for “jiffy pots” which enable vegetables (not root vegetables) to be grown from seed, and avoiding the shock to the seedlings when they are transplanted. Plant the jiffy pot containing the seedling well below the ground surface to prevent it drying out.


  • Her advice on parsnips: New seed is needed every year; plant while there is still a likelihood of frosts (because the cold ground helps to crack the hard seed coat. Otherwise pouring boiling water on the seeds will promote cracking of the seed coat.


  • Rachel’s recommendation for a main summer potato variety is “Summer Beauty”. Its potatoes are medium size, good for boiling and store well.


  • Some plants thrive better when planted in plots rather than rows, particularly sweet corn and broad beans, because pollination via the wind is more effective.