Rainbow Court community garden working bee 2011
Each year more and more community gardens are sprouting up across the district. It’s a great way to meet like-minded gardeners and learn new skills.
Paekākāriki School Garden:
This is in effect a community garden involving many volunteers who aren’t otherwise involved in the school. Famous for its Labour Weekend plant sale, the garden also provides soup for students over the winter term. Potty Potters meet at the garden every Wednesday 9-11am, everyone is welcome. For more information contact Hannah on 021 045 2421.
Rainbow Court, Raumati South:
If you’re using the new bike track through QE Park, check out this garden right by the Rainbow Court entrance. Run by locals, for locals, on private land. Contact details on site.
MOA Orchard, Jeep Rd Domain, Raumati South:
An inspiration as to what can be grown on a windy, kikuyu-clad dune, given deep pipe watering, shelter (from tagasaste trees), 4-5 working bees per year and plenty of mulch. The first trees were planted in winter 2010 and the orchard is maturing beautifully, a venue for community concerts and workshops.
Matai Community Garden, Raumati:
Tucked beside Kāpiti Gallery, by a playground, these highly productive raised beds host monthly Green Gardener workshops. This summer they installed demonstration irrigation for efficient and convenient watering. See the website and facebook group for events.
Kāpiti Community Centre Garden, Ngahina Rd Paraparaumu:
Monthly workshops show how much you can grow on a low budget. This garden always has herbs and flowers for picking. Contact 04 902 3240 or kcc.net.nz.
Weggery Drive Garden, Waikanae Beach:
On private land, a relatively new but highly productive garden. Food is distributed around the community.
Know of other community gardens not on this list? Interested in getting involved? Contact the Green Gardener on