Otago's Station Gardens
to numerous staff changes in the Otago district a complete set of photographs of the station gardens is not available. But, as may be seen from the illustrations on this page, the gardens were again well up the high standard attained in former years,
The above effective design (the work of a Wingatui signalman) was reproduced in daffodils outlined with small whitewashed stones.
Garden plot at south end of Wingatui Station.
and they have elicited much favourable comment, both from local residents and the train travelling public. Stations which hitherto have had little or nothing about them to redeem their strictly utilitarian aspect—whose surroundings were, in some instances, the repository for a great variety of rubbish—have had their appearance vastly improved through the energetic gardening efforts of the local staffs, supported by the Gardening Circle of the Otago Women's Club. Indeed, so good were the station gardens in Otago this year that the ladies of the club who did the judging in the recent competition, had difficulty in the matter of priority in awarding the respective prizes. One station (because of a special lay-out or arrangement) may be more suitable than another for beautification, but there are few stations which do not lend themselves in some form to improvement by the planting of flowers and shrubs. This fact was made particularly evident in the recent annual judging in Otago for the gardening cup presented by the enthusiastic ladies of the Otago Women's Club, for “not a single poor garden entered for the competition.”
The following awards were made by the judges (Mrs. E. F. Duthie, Mrs. C. Shiel and Miss Martin):—
First prize, Fairlie; second prize, Balclutha and Wingatui (equal); thrid prize, Allanton and Green Island (equal). The special prizes for first-year gardens were won by Mosgiel (first) and Lawrence (second).
Allanton Statioin garden.
Warepa Station garden.
A Monarch Of The Waipoua Kauri Forest North Auckland.
The kauri (wholly indigenous to New Zealand) is one of the most stately and economically useful trees in the world, and grows to a great size. The tree illustrated has a girth of 49 ft. 7 in., a bole of 36 ft., and contains 60,000 board feet of timber.