Queenstown gardening book for all seasons

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Growing your own in the Wakatipu is about to become that bit easier – thanks to the debut book from Queenstown gardening expert Jacqui Stubbs. 

Because of its alpine setting and often unpredictable seasons, the region throws up some daunting challenges for green-fingered enthusiasts. 

With Raising Queenstown, Dalefield-based Stubbs has conjured a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to DIY plants, fruit and vegies. 

“The Wakatipu offers some very diverse and difficult conditions for gardeners,” she says. 

“If you live in a sunny area like Kelvin Heights or Frankton you can grow totally different things than you can in colder places like Arrowtown or Dalefield. 

“You need to know your own climate and locally that can vary substantially within a few kilometres.” 

The 100-page Raising Queenstown is a compilation of two year’s worth of Dig This gardening columns penned by Stubbs and published in Mountain Scene

The book covers everything from sowing seeds to getting the best from nurturing and storing a variety of fruit and vegies in the Wakatipu. 

Stubbs, originally from England, ran her own garden design company in London for 15 years and her work has been exhibited at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. She moved to Queenstown 10 years ago with partner Robin and has her own design company Remarkable Gardens. 

Raising Queenstown costs $25, with $5 of that going to local schools and charities. 

It is currently available to purchase at Arrowtown Primary School, Queenstown Primary School, Mitre 10 Remarkables Park, SBS Bank Queenstown Branch or the Mountain Scene office.  Phone 442 7000 or email classified@scene.co.nz to reserve your copy.

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