Gardeners rejoice in the fruits of their labour

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The originals ... The women who played key roles in the early days of establishing the Kaiapoi Community Garden, from left, Jean Horan, Lesley Ottey, Mandy Grenier, Rachelle Horan, Nicki Carter and Helen Roberts. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

A celebratory dinner marking the 10th anniversary of the Kaiapoi Community Garden never tasted so fine, with most fresh ingredients sourced from its Hilton Street site.

The outdoor meal was prepared by chef and caterer Cat Scott-Hewitt.

The dinner for invited guests included six of the so-called “originals”women who played key roles in establishing the garden, including Jean Horan, Lesley Ottey, Mandy Grenier, Rachelle Horan, Nicki Carter and Helen Roberts.

Mandy said it was heartwarming to look back on the last 10 years and laughter and the sheer joy of being involved in something they loved.

“It has been quite a ride.”

The garden, on the Kaiapoi Borough School’s playing fields at the end of Hilton Street, belongs to the community, she says.

“We are thankful for all the help we have had from local businesses, the Kaiapoi Borough School, local pubs, from our trust, our co-ordinator and, of course, the volunteers. Take a bow. You can all be proud of your part in creating this place.”

The garden has been a labour of love, evolving from an area of bare school playing field.

The dinner was followed by an open day last Sunday with live music, cooking demonstrations, a birthday cake, sessions on how to make a bird feeder, kids’ painting and a preserves sale.