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The vegetable gardens at Trish and Mike’s property leads down to mature bush overlooking a stream. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER

Rambling success for Rotary

Despite oppressive clouds and continuous rain, hardy green-thumbed garden enthusiasts took to the streets of Paeroa on November 18 for Rotary’s Garden Ramble. 

Nineteen premises opened their gates, sheds, and homes as part of the fundraiser event, and attendees took the opportunity to admire their gardening visions. 

More than 250 tickets were sold, and organiser Janet Tye said the event was a resounding success, with around $5500 raised. The funds will go towards Paeroa Rotary’s community projects.

“An absolutely wonderful day out – people just loved it. And our host gardeners are all exhausted but they loved it too,” Janet said. 

“You would have got the vibe, people were so happy.”

Janet said the inclusion of music, talks, and demonstrations made the all-day event something special. 

“It’s raised us to another level, it’s not just an ordinary ramble,” she said. 

“The balance of it was pretty perfect, I don’t know how we could improve on it much, but we might come up with some ideas.”

A living sculpture draws the eye through the garden. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Despite the weather, people turned out in droves to admire the gardens. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
A Shaw Ave back garden is a riot of colour with roses and other blossoms adorning the terraced garden beds. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER
Many of the gardens have sculptures to complement the planting. Photo: ALICE PARMINTER