Sydenham Botanic Park

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Join us for a Mid-Winter Tree and Bulb Planting

Arbor day at Rata School 1894. Child, Edward George, 1860-1949 :Photographs of the Ohingaiti district. Ref: 1/1-011003-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22741450

Arbor day at Rata School 1894. (click on image to enlarge)
Child, Edward George, 1860-1949 :Photographs of the Ohingaiti district. Ref: 1/1-011003-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22741450

Bring your family and friends along to our our next Sydenham Park planting at 2.00pm on Saturday 20th June as a Mid-winter/Arbor Day Celebration.

We will plant four Norfolk Pines to add to the Araucaria Collection and some Cabbage trees to extend the Native Collection.
We have 596 (give or take) daffodil bulbs for people to plant to increase the number in the front of the park, so bring your trowel and give it a go!

New Zealand’s first Arbor Day planting was in Greytown in the Wairarapa on 3 July 1890.

Born in 1855, Dr Leonard Cockayne (generally recognised as the greatest botanist who has lived, worked, and died in New Zealand) worked extensively on native plants throughout New Zealand and wrote many notable botanical texts. Even as early as the 1920s he held a vision for school students of New Zealand to be involved in planting native trees and plants in their school grounds. This vision bore fruit and schools in New Zealand have long planted native trees on Arbor Day.

Planting enquiries please email: sydenhambotanicpark@gmail.com