Another very enjoyable afternoon was held on Monday June 25 with a midyear theme.Committee member Sonia explained some of the more unusual traditions of Christmas around the world. Other members then explained traditions in places they had lived. Everyone then participated in a test of 9 different spices. It was interesting to see how a number of spices do not taste very nice until they are added to food. 

The Flavour of the Month competition was won by a Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter

A sumptuous afternoon tea was enjoyed with a delicious Christmas cake made by Adele.



 The May meeting of the Pauanui Garden Club featured a “Touch of Home”.

Carla from Armoire (previously known as Trove)showed a very captive audience some of the many lovely products

available in her shop. The most popular item appeared to be the “euro SCRUBBY”. After recommendations from two of the members

they were all purchased. Carla did assure us she had more available.

Monthly competitions were once again well supported with some lovely blooms and fruit entries.

Next meeting is June 25 in the Southern Lounge of the Pauanui Club.


The Pauanui Garden Club held another very interesting afternoon on Monday April 23rd.

The guest speaker was Jenny Smith who showed the group many photos and explained the history of the

Lost Gardens of Heligan. We also heard about the Eden Project a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall.

The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit and houses thousands of plant species within  enclosures consisting of adjoining domes.

The “Taste Test” section had two winners. An Eggplant Dip and a Feijoa Smoothie.

Congratulations to the winners in the floral section with some magnificent blooms.

Next meeting will be held in the Southern Lounge May 28 at 1.30pm.



The Pauanui Garden Club held their February meeting at the home of Ally Moore. Around 35 members attended the annual Picnic day in the beautiful sunshine, where they were introduced to the new competition schedule for the year.

The monthly competitions now include “Flavours of the Month”.

The committee provided the “products” and 4 members were invited to judge by completing a taste test, with the winner being Colleen Witt.

Everyone was then able to taste for themselves if they wished.

 Meetings are held fourth Monday of each month in the Southern Lounge of the Pauanui club at 1.30pm.

Garden Club (with a touch of home)

Our 1st get together of the year, started with our traditional picnic meeting.  A short shower of rain did not deter the 39 Ladies (including 4 new members) all arrived with a packed lunch/chair and a glass for bubbles to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  The programme for the year was outlined and we look forward to another exciting year.
Our Garden Club now meet on the 4th Monday of the month, as opposed to the last Monday.  New members very welcome.


The Pauanui Garden Club held their last meeting for the year Monday November 27.

The guest speaker was Pat McCormick who enthralled everyone with her amazing skills of putting together

Christmas decorations to reflect the season.

Tania Paton gave an interesting talk on life in Fiji and Bali. She also had a display of jewellery and clothing that members were able to purchase.

The highlight of the afternoon was seeing the reaction of Ngaire Carr when she was awarded a life membership of the Garden Club.

Ngaire has contributed to the club for many years. Congratulations Ngaire well deserved.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a beautiful afternoon tea and delicious Christmas cake.

Next meeting will be held in February.


Every year in October the Pauanui Garden Club have a “Big Day Out”.  The destination is a well-kept secret and this year was no different.  The bus left Pauanui at 8.30 with the first stop being a leisurely morning tea at Woodturners Café, (near the Hauraki Golf Club).  Next the Woodlands Café, Restaurant and Bar at Gordonton, where all agreed the lunch was delightful. We were able to explore the beautiful gardens there, as the weather was perfect.  Before returning home it was a quick visit to the Wairere Nursery where a number of purchases were made.  Each member received a “goodie bag” which included a packet of seeds generously sponsored by Kings Seeds.  However, they did have to earn them by answering some trivia questions.

A very enjoyable day was had by everyone.....where will we go next year?? 

                                                                                 JUNE MEETING

The Pauanui Garden Club held another very successful meeting this month.  A large number of ladies enjoyed the mid year Christmas celebration.  The President, Jan Cullen, demonstrated how easy it is to decorate the table for your celebration.

The usual competitions had many entries with Julie Snook taking out the prize for Design of the Month, Christmas Bells 

May Meeting

At our May meeting we were lucky to have Mary Hull as our guest speaker.  Mary (from Waiuku) is President of the Franklin branch of the Fuchsia Society and also vice President of the NZ Fuchsia Society.

The large audience were enthralled with the way Mary pruned the plants she had brought with her.  Mary assured us the plants would flourish in the spring even though they

appeared to have had a severe “haircut”.  Many of the ladies purchased plants so Pauanui should have some lovely Fuchsias blooming come summer.

Hover over the pictures for explanations.

April meeting

During the April meeting the ladies were tested on their knowledge of “smells “with ten different herbs or spices. There was a lot of discussion with the winning table identifying 7 of the 10.

Raffle prize winners were Beth Gifkins, Judy Bearman and Rayna Leslie.


March Meeting

Another very interesting meeting with Nick Aitken as our guest speaker.  Nick presented a number of different  plants with all their botanical names.

Our Design of the Month ( March Hair/Hare ) was won by Jeannine Cassells with her creation featuring real grass for hair.

The members were invited to bring along a “handy hint” which was very well received.

Next meeting April 24 in the Southern Lounge.

Jeannine with her winning entry in the March Hair/Hare competition.

Guest speaker Nick with some of his plants.

Entries in our monthly competitions.




Garden Club meets on the 4th Monday of every month.

For more information please contact:

Garden Club Committee:


Ally Moore


Secretary / Treasurer: 

Lyn Friedrich




Adele Maher

Celia Young

Colleen Witt