Manukau Courier : March 1st 2011
17 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 1, 2011 NEWS Dale's garden of many rooms By TROELS SOMMERVILLE Creative team: Dale Harvey, left, and John Newton with cat Merlin have their Mangere garden all ready for the Heroic Gardens Festival. Photos: FIONA GOODALL Kick back: One of the rooms in the garden has a touch of the homely. Keyhole: A gateway adorned by vines. Cornucopia: Various flowers sprouting and blossoming in the Mangere garden. At peace: A place for reflection and relaxation. It has taken him 25 years to craft and all Dale Harvey wants to do is share his cre- ation. His garden has 47 separate rooms, including two con- servatories, an orchid house and covered walkways. The Mangere gardener is showcasing his 1500-square- metre garden during the Her- oic Gardens Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Twenty-three private gar- dens across Auckland will be open for the event. Every gardener taking part in the charitable festival identifies as either gay or lesbian. Gays and lesbians want to be part of their community and one of the best ways is to celebrate being that,'' Mr Harvey says. After working around the world -- at one point he worked for the Japanese prime minister -- he returned to New Zealand to take up residence at his grandparents' house in Mangere. The house at 21 Vine St in Mangere has been in his fam- ily for generations. Its garden has been a long-term project for Mr Harvey and his part- ner John Newton. It just goes to show what you can do when you improve rather than move'', Mr Harvey says. This represents three generations of my family. It's a family treasure -- every plant means something to me.'' Now in its 15th year, the heroic Garden Festival has raised more than half a million dollars for various charities. Each year the money raised goes to a charity of the gardeners' choosing. This year they have chosen the Hospices of Auckland. For Mr Harvey the event is also about another small mat- ter: helping the planet. He believes educating people about gardening and getting people growing their own gardens is important for future generations. We're looking for a green solution ... allwehavetodoislookat our own two hands.'' Tickets and programmes for the festival are available from Kings Plant Barns and Palmers garden centres.
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