Wednesday 7 October 6.45pm
Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
Please reserve your place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 839 3764
The Garden History Research Foundation invites you to heard Prof James Beattie speak on Chinese market gardeners and their place in New Zealand history.
As gold became scarce, Chinese migrants of the 19th century turned from mining to gardening and played a crucial role in the growth of New Zealand.
"The strong points in Chinese gardening, then, are constant watering and manuring and continual stirring of the soil. This system is, no doubt, the result of a much older experience in the culture of the soil than that of Europeans, and we maintain that with all our science and so called civilisation, we have something to learn from the heathen." - Otago Witness , 1 June 1878