Garden tour to raise funds for NCRDA

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By SHELLEY TOPP

A garden tour will be held next month to raise money for the North Canterbury Riding for the Disabled (NCRDA).

It is being held on Sunday, December 3 and will involve four North Canterbury gardens – Alan and Marion Crowe’s Johns Rd garden in Fernside, Kay MacLachlan and Rudi Steyn’s Breedenbroek Gardens in Ashley, Gavin and Sandra Court’s Coldstream Rd garden in Rangiora and Liz and Warwick Duke’s Loburn garden in Dixons Rd.

NCRDA president, Lin Bisman, says the garden tour is only one part of the day, with the gardens opening at 1pm.

“Our grounds at Milton Avenue (in Rangiora) will open at 10.30am with a mini-fete,” she says.

“We have a plant sale, baking stall, Christmas stall, produce stall plus hamburgers, sausages and Devonshire teas for sale,” she says.

“There will also be riding demonstrations by our wonderful riders and Anthea Dixon, our patroness and New Zealand Paralympian.”

The fundraiser is being held to help repay a Waimakariri District Council loan made to buy one of the “pop-up” buildings used in Rangiora after the 2010-11 earthquakes.

The building was moved to the NCRDA’s grounds in Milton Ave and during the last two years it has been developed into the group’s administration headquarters.

“It has been completely fitted out by an amazing group of people including our ex-president Des Moore, Bryan Aitken, Warwick Duke, Ali Ensor along with a myriad of local contractors who gave their time and energy willingly and in most cases for nothing,” Lin says.

“North Canterbury Riding for the Disabled is truly indebted to these people.”

The initial council loan was for $48,000, Lin says, “of which we have raised half so far”.

Tickets are available from Country Lane, Stans Pharmacy, Rangiora, Terra Viva Cafe, Christchurch