Fifty Shades of Green – Great Barrier Gardening Group 25-Jul-2014

July 25, 2014 10:54 pm

When it comes to gardening you can’t beat learning from someone with green fingers!

That’s the philosophy behind Awana branch’s new Fifty Shades of Green group that meets each month on Great Barrier island.


“There’s nothing risque about the group,” laughs Shirley Gray, pictured here with some of her heritage vegetables, “even men can join”.  

By exchanging seeds and plants and hearing from guest speakers, the group will share their plant knowledge – what to grow, where they grow and how to grow them.

“It’s all about trees, vegetables, flowers, sustainability and health,” says Shirley.

So far, members have given talks on unusual vegetables grown on the island and herbs.

Twice a year the group also plans to visit a garden on the island.

The Fifty Shades of Green group meets on the first Tuesday of every month.  Guests are welcome to attend three Fifty Shades of Green meetings, and will then be asked to join Rural Women New Zealand, including the men.

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