Community Gardens in Kāpiti
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 twice-yearly 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.
Paekākāriki Pumpkin Patch: Established 2017 on land next to Tilley Rd sportsfield, at the Paekākāriki end of Te Ara o Whareroa bike track. See Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens facebook page for more details.
Rainbow Court, Raumati South: Next to the Rainbow Court entrance to Te Ara o Whareroa bike track, this garden is 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, 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. Contact details on site noticeboard.
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. 33 Weggery Drive.
Ōtaki College Community Garden: Ōtaki College, 233 Mill Rd, Ōtaki. A joint venture between the school, gardened by students, teachers, whanau and keen volunteers from Energise Ōtaki and Transition Towns. The college horticulture block is blessed with an orchard of apples, citrus, plums, figs, loquats, pears and feijoas and has great facilites including a tunnel house and propagation area. For more information contact Hannelore on 022 626 9763
Māoriland Hub:68 Main St, Ōtaki: A raised-bed garden growing food and flowers with the kauapapa of Te Waka Kai Ora.
Know of other community gardens not on this list? Interested in getting involved? Contact the Green Gardener on: