Subject: Groundwork Newsletter - July Edition
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 01:51:34 -0400 (EDT)

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After what seems like months of winter, there are finally a few daffodils starting to flower and the mornings seem to be getting slightly warmer and lighter. I noticed this especially on Sunday morning when we went on our weekly pilgrimage to the local farmers market at the Hastings Show Grounds.  The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky and the ground was still damp from the previous day's relentless rain. The muddy car-parking paddock was full of vehicles - from Range Rovers to practical family wagons.  Even the odd vintage art deco car fresh from the Deco Decanted weekend; the car park is a taste of Hawke's Bay in its own right.

Inside the market's winter venue, people converge on a veritable feast of local produce, sauces, pickles, wine, venison, cheese, salami, Hawthorne Coffee, bread and fish - all "trestled" under the grandstand or in the hall.  Busy locals dart between stalls, purposefully selecting their regular purchases.  Visitors to Hawke's Bay on the other hand, line up at every stall, hands reaching for the next toothpicked sample or relish-laden cracker. These enthusiastic folk line up for whatever is on offer.  To my amusement I saw a couple 'not from these parts' (you can tell by their shoes), curiously joining a particularly long queue.  They obviously wanted to find out what was so popular - only to discover it was the eftpos cash-out stall! It is always great to see people's willingness to taste new things and support this ever growing 'locally-grown' phenomenon throughout the country.  Like the farmers market, this issue of Groundwork has something for everyone, enjoy.
Packed into this issue
:: Featured Businesses and Products
:: Inspration Galleries
:: Win Hawthorne coffee
:: NGIA Conference
:: New Discussion Forum
:: Beef and Parsnip Casserole
:: New Competitions
:: Wally Richards on the winter garden
:: Patch from Scratch update
:: Splash Pool & Spa Trade Show
:: Write for our Blog
:: Featured Landscape Design Services & Solutions
Featured Businesses
& Products
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Gudrun Fisher
Outdoor Design

Gudrun Fischer, principal designer of Outdoor Design, has had 12 years design experience in Europe and a further 20 years experience in NZ.  The kiwi love of outdoor living has strongly influenced her work and she creates stunning designs for swimming pools, spa pools, BBQ areas and more. 

With a strong interest in landscape architecture, Gudrun sees outdoor living spaces as an extention of the interior - and strives to create unity between existing architecture, the surrounding landscape and the new design. 

She and her team offer a wide range of services- from consultations for small-scale improvements, to fully designed, managed and implemented landscape projects - and everything in between.  Every design is tailored for the individual client and their landscape and lifestyle needs. 

Find out more...


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Known and respected for
quality, trust and innovation.  

Waimea Nurseries are situated on the fertile Waimea plains near sunny Nelson. They have been growing high quality trees since 1971, and this family business is widely recognised as New Zealand's leading pipfruit nursery. Executive Chairman Michael Simpson has been with the company since 1980  - following in the nurserymen footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Waimea Nurseries is a leading supplier of trees to professional landscapers, garden designers, property developers, local councils and horticulturalists.

We supply a wide variety of:
Fruit trees
Espalier fruit trees
Berry plants
Nut trees
Ornamental trees
Topiary trees

Find out more...


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We all know that good quality, well positioned lighting can make a world of difference to a room.  So what about your outdoor living spaces?  There is no reason to stop enjoying your garden when the sun goes down - with strategic and creative lighting, your night-garden can become a fabulous space in its own right.  By highlighting special architectural, planting or water features, you can create a dramatic statement or mellow mood. 

Light Industry manufactures and supplies top-quality landscape lighting products and accessories.  Check out their range and you are sure to find something to suit your design, lifestyle and budget. 

  Find out more...


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relaxing - aesthically stylish - simple

In any season, but especially in the colder months - there is nothing more luxurious and relaxing than a long soak in warm water.  What could be better?  How about taking that soak in a stylish wooden tub beneath the clouds or stars in your own garden or patio.  Mahootus hot-tubs are a high-quality tub that suits many settings and design styles.

As good to look at as they are to soak in, Mahootus hot-tubs offer everyday usability and practicality with the benefit of no expensive chemicals or running costs. These unique hot-tubs are hand-made in the age-old coopering style - combining tradition, contemporary style and quality craftsmanship. Not to mention an unbeatable experience! 

Find out more...


World-first technology to launch in Auckland -
$50,000 challenge to other pump  manufacturers

Potential to slash world greenhouse gas emissions

The first significant change in internal pump design has been patented by New Fluid Technologies and will be on display at the SPLASH! New Zealand Trade Show on July 29 and July 30 at the Auckland Hilton.  Read more ...

Inspiration Galleries


We have recently revamped our 'Inspiration Galleries'.  Take a look at the range of beautiful images of landscaping ideas and designs.  From sculpture to swimming pools, plants to pavers - you will find something here to inspire you.


If you are listed with us, feel free to send high-quality pictures of your own designs or products.  We link each image to your listing - a great way to display your business and get noticed!  If you're not listed with us yet - contact us now to find out how we can help promote your business. 
Win 500g of award winning Hawthorne Coffee by
telling your friends about us

NGIA Conference

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'How to GROW Through a Recession
- the opportunities ahead'

29th-30th July in Palmerston North

Featuring International Industry expert keynote speaker, John Stanley and a range of other speakers on many topics.  Don't forget the valuable networking and good food!  Find out more...

Discussion Forum
Groundwork  seasonal recipe

Beef and Parsnip Casserole

hunza_copperI have to admit I've never been that crazy about parsnips.  I must have been put off these beige, carrot-shaped veg as a child, along with swedes and turnips - all boiled to death and criminally unseasoned.  (Not my mother's cooking by the way!).  I do try to be good and eat all my veggies - and have, in the past, forced myself to enjoy beetroot, string beans and brussels sprouts.  This winter I have set my reluctant tastebuds on the duller root vegetables - thanks mainly to Epicurian's fantastic organic produce stall at the Hastings farmers market ...
Read more and get the recipe

Send us your favourite seasonal recipe and why you love it. 
Soon you might see it published here!

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In the Garden


Native to South America, Tamarillos (or tree-tomatoes as my grandmother called them), were introduced to NZ in the late 1800's.  The small, large-leafed trees thrive in moderate NZ conditions - and need shelter and light, well-drained soil.  The fruit have remained a popular seasonal treat due to their unique flavour, nutritional qualities and attractive colour.  Read more...

Search to find your local garden centre and get yourself some seeds or seedlings.

Landscape Safari
Composting 101


Take a few minutes out to watch this fun and informative demonstration on composting with Landscape Safari.   Watch now...
Competitions & Giveaways

New Competitions loaded today!

Go to our Competitions Page

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Recent competition winners

Congratulations to:

Sonia Hautler of Upper Hutt for winning a gorgeous contemporary Kapiti Tufa birdbath

Jenny Rafferty of Auckland for winning a stunning piece of Lisa Sarah wall art

WAlly Richards Weekly Columns

Wally Richards: Coming Up Roses

rosehipIt is likely at this time that the roses are in an in-between state of losing foliage as they go into dormancy for the winter months. Some may still have flowers and buds, and if you have not removed them, they will have seed pods which are called 'rose hips'. These rose hips will contain seeds which you can harvest, and germinate to obtain new young rose plants.

Wally Richards: Checklist for Spring

The weather may not be the best but each day the daylight hours increase by a few more minutes and our plants and gardens respond to this increasing amount of light. We are only about 6 weeks away from the beginning of spring and there is much to do in this time so that you are ready, and the gardens are prepared for spring.  Read more...
Patch from Scratch July


Well the rain has certainly arrived which is of course great news for the garden, even if it does make drying the washing a tad challenging!   Keep those beds well mulched over winter, the birds will come and scratch around a bit so it pays to check it every few weeks and top up when necessary.  I've been cleaning up my garden tools, which is one of those tasks I always mean to get round to but it never quite gets to the top of the list... Read on...

Splash expo logo

 are open for the second biannual SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show in New Zealand.
The show is THE must attend event for all involved in the wet industry -contractors, architects, landscapers, pool builders, retailers, manufacturers and service technicians.

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If you are committed to staying at the top of your game - this FREE expo is the place you need to be.
SEE - new products & services

- about the latest developments in the industry

- new contacts

- new regulations and international business opportunities

What's happening in 2009?

More than 40 exhibiting companies - over two floors!

Two day seminar programme with international speakers.
Clevaquip Welcome Reception

Register for FREE at or call 0800 451 590 for more information.

29 -30 July
Hilton Auckland
Blog It!
Business can be a bit quiet during the winter months. Not just because of the 'R' word. Wet weather can hold projects up and it can be a time for planning for busier months.

So if you advertise with us, why not write a little article or opinion piece on your area of interest or expertise?

These articles reach over 8,000 potential clients per month and become an ongoing source of information for our visitors.

Contact us now and get more exposure for your business.
Promote your business

Contact us to discuss how you can promote your business ... and be featured here in Groundwork and other trade and public promotions.

That's all this month - once again please feel free to contact us, we welcome your feedback.
Kind regards,

Tim Durrant and the Team
Adv. Cert. Landscape Design & Construction
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