In the Garden - Greenlife Matters

Information for gardeners and hikers
For those of you out and about and in the garden, keep a look out for symptoms of Myrtle Rust.
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Be your own beekeeper
As more and more of us consider adding a beehive to our garden, a new book by Janet Luke is well timed.
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Eye on Nature
At 'Eye On Nature' kids and their communities mingle with scientists and passionate environmentalists from around New Zealand. This award winning environmental education event is held each autumn at the northern end of Auckland Botanic Gardens.
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Up the wall
Vertical gardens add to the beauty of our urban areas. And the equipment and knowledge of how to make them is available be they multi-storey vertical gardens or smaller domestic green walls. Liz Light talks to the experts.
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Work of Art
Marlborough artist Rick Edmonds is the force behind the Link Pathway project in Marlborough - a functional and very beautiful pathway that is linking communities from Havelock to Picton.
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Fit for purpose
There's plenty to think about when designing a play space for young children. Sarah Thornton talks to the professionals behind a much loved kindy garden in Hawkes Bay.
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Gardening for physical health
It's common knowledge that gardening is good for you, and not just because of the obvious fresher, better tasting fruits and vegetables to eat. In terms of physical activity, gardening is a winner too!
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Gardens for life
Gardening is a way to keep healthy and active in our golden years and the benefits are numerous, whether your garden is a quarter-acre plot or a few containers on a small balcony
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The value of trees for shelter and shade
Protection from the extremes of weather is a primary need for humans and for animals and plants. Constant exposure to strong wind and sun is detrimental to the health and well-being of people, stock and crops.
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Cool cities are green cities
Around the globe cities are getting more crowded, noisier and hotter. Climate change is adding to that heat, placing pressure on human health, urban amenity spaces, productivity and infrastructure.
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Gardening for mental health
For people with mental health issues darkness and cold can be triggers for depression, but they need not be.
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How tree planting prevents erosion
Plants and trees need land to grow on and the constantly changing climate is providing a number of challenges including erosion.
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Food Space
Greenlife matters because plants are what we eat to survive; green space matters because we need it to grow crops
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Gardens in the sky
Green roofs provide a host of advantages for city living and are becoming increasingly popular across the world.
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Greening the gray
Using roundabouts and traffic islands as garden oases
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Minimising the effects of El Nino
During El Nino, New Zealand generally experiences more extremes in weather. Every El Nino is different and its impacts on New Zealand's climate cannot be easily predicted.
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Collaborative composting
People are wasteful, and we're running out of space to dump our waste. A simple way to reduce waste is to use it to create compost! Composting improves soil ecology, saves organic waste going to landfill, and reduces the associated costs of waste disposal
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Make room for trees
An aerial view of our cities reveals a sad trend in the way the suburbs are developing without the enhancement of trees and green spaces
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Storm water mitigation
Floods are more commonplace than they once were for a number of reasons, but there are steps we can take to minimise the damage
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The Conservationists
Sarah Thornton discovers a Taupo conservation project that is being led by the same students it is educating
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What's preventing more green space?
More and more school gardens and community gardens are popping up. Councils are starting to do more roadside plantings, revegetation projects, and stream bank plantings. But it's nowhere near enough! So what are the barriers to more plants and green spaces?
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Beyond beautification - roadside planting
There's no doubting that plants beautify roadsides, breaking up masses of concrete, steel and unsightly road tar. With so much being spent on roading, it may suggested that plants are just another cost that could be avoided! But plants save money in the long-term
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Connecting with Nature
Sarah Thornton discovers a special community project that's fostering pride in our environment and taking learning outdoors
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Measuring the impact of greening benefits
For a while now we've been talking about the benefits of plants and green spaces, but how can we actually measure these benefits?
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Preparing our cities for a greener future
Are our cities ready for a greener future? What should greener cities look like? Is climate change still important and relevant?
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Young leaders thinking Green
I had the pleasure of judging the Young Leaders Award for the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia last week and it's clear the next generation of horticulturists are thinking green
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Green gift giving
"Gift a gift that keeps growing and benefits the environment." Plants are a perfect gift for anyone and with a little tender loving care they'll still be around, probably bigger and better, next Christmas.
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Greening Taupo
All around the country people are banding together to enhance the green life in their towns and cities. Even in our most picturesque locations there is scope to be greener.
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Riparian planting saving our streams
The classic Kiwi holiday often involves swimming in streams, a spot of fishing and enjoying the beautiful outlook of streams shaded by native plants and seemingly endless green landscapes. But our streams, as we know them, are at threat, so it's time to get planting
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The Garden Effect
The New Year is a popular time to commence home improvements projects, and the best place to start is in the garden. Why? Because houses with attractive gardens instantly add value to your property, not to mention the health and wellbeing benefits provide.
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Urban Green, what do we mean?
The term 'urban green' is popping up in environmental reports, gardening and lifestyle magazines, blogs and of late in government and council papers and plans. So what does 'urban green' mean and why does it matter?
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Forget air con - plant more trees!
As spring heats up and we head into summer more and more air conditioners will be turned on, sucking through electricity. But are we missing an obvious leafy solution? Plants and trees provide shade and act as natural air conditioners.
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Gardening helps people with dementia
A lot has been written of late about how gardening and spending time in parks and green spaces helps dementia sufferers. The therapeutic qualities of gardens are increasingly being recognised as a way to improve the health of dementia sufferers.
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Greening the rubble
Christchurch's inner city may still feel like a warzone, but in the years since the quake, there's been some significant greening going on, and it's not just weeds filling the cracks
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How to start a community garden
Much has been written of Community Gardens of late. We all know gardening is good for us, we need more green spaces and that there are numerous benefits afforded by community gardens. But few offer advice on how to start one. Why?
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Street trees - why we need more!
Why should you care about whether there are trees on your street, or on the streets nearby? Well, besides the obvious - that they make a street look more attractive - street trees are proven to provide numerous benefits to residents in terms of property values & more
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Celebrate Arbour Day & World Environment Day
Arbor Day marks the beginning of the planting season and a time to celebrate the unique biodiversity of our country. Arbor Day is about inspiring people to plant and celebrate trees.
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Living roofs - more than aesthetically pleasing!
While Living Roofs are popping up around the globe either in compliance with regulatory measures or to save on energy costs, little is known about them apart from their effectiveness. Green roofs or living roofs are intentionally vegetated roofs.
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Plants give back at Ellerslie
Within minutes of walking around the Ellerslie Flower Show it became obvious that plants really do give back. The natural beauty, fragrant floral scents and vibrant colours created an almost idyllic setting for visitors to enjoy.
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Reduce your footprint - plant your backyard
We often hear about the need to reduce our carbon footprint and be green. But how can we, as individuals, do our part to help? Thinking about your plant selection and surrounding habitat, recycling, composting and conserving water all help.
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Repairing our damage
Many of the world's ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on biological diversity and peoples' livelihoods.
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A Guerrilla in the midst?
Are you sick and tired of seeing unkempt land covered in long scraggly grass, seemingly forgotten and unloved? As a keen gardener you may be tempted to tidy it up, but beware - the moment you plant out someone else's property without their consent you have broken the law.
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Enhance your CommuniTree
Communities are the backbone of New Zealand living, providing support when family and friends are unable to. So what better way to support your community than plant more trees and help tidy up and maintain local parks and community green spaces?
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How's your plant/life balance?
Billions of dollars are spent each year searching for instant miracle cures to our environmental problems. So what can we do to help?
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Indoor plants - the perfect office pick me up
Has your return to work been more stressful than expected? Do you miss relaxing in your garden? Well it is time to enhance your desk space.
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Let the children play - OUTSIDE!
Nature Deficit Disorder is affecting our children. Although this phenomenon is not an actual medical diagnosis, research shows that a lack of playing outside in parks and green spaces is contributing to various physical and mental health issues!
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21-Aug-2017

 

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Greenlife Matters is all about the benefits that greenlife brings to people, their families, homes and houses, our communities, society and the environment.

Plants and green spaces - good for people, the community and the country

 

Indoors, plants clean the air, freshen the room ...

 

Living roofs, energy efficient, sanctuary for flora and fauna ...

 

Community gardening, bringing people together to grow healthy food ...

 

Revegetation, restoring ecosystems, providing sanctuary for flora and fauna ...