Hello hello! For those who haven't seen us recently, I thought it was time to fill you in on what we have been up to!
At the peak of summer I withdrew Goodlife Gardens from all of our scheduled markets for the remainder of the season. This was a difficult decision for me as I enjoy our market days, and we need them to meet all our lovely customers and make a few sales. However we were in the middle of finishing major redecorating projects, and also listing our house for sale, so we needed to heavily prioritize our time for a short while.
We were successful in selling up our home of ten years and have purchased another place that is more than twice the land area of our old property. We have relocated both the family and the business to the beautiful Southland township of Gore, and I am incredibly excited about learning the peculiarities of growing in the new climate. We are still operating from home at this stage, but it is a vast improvement on accessibility from what we had before.
"But what about markets?" Yes I can hear you asking that question! We are looking at finding a regular spot at one of the local markets in Southland, so keep an eye on our website for news of that as we get it settled. Also we plan to still attend the awesome Dunedin Botanic Gardens Plant Sale that is held during the Rhododendron Festival each October, so all our regular Dunedin customers will still be able to visit us there.
Our website will again be updated with news as the year progresses, and photos of new plants as they come available for sale. If you are interested in purchasing from us but can't make it to a market; please drop us an email and we can make arrangements. We still travel up to Otago from time to time and can possibly arrange to meet you in a central Dunedin location for pick up.
As we have only just moved in the last 6 weeks it will take some time to get the Nursery up and running again. I am yet to build the new greenhouse but am excited to be able to add a shadehouse to my setup this time too! I will post photos of this event when I get a chance.
Other exciting happenings for me in the last wee while include a trip to Christchurch to attend the International Plant Propagators Society Conference. This was a fabulous opportunity for me to rub shoulders with other plant folk from all over the world. We had field trips to look at other nursery operations, and (not enough) time in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. One of my favourite stops was a visit to Broadfield Gardens. This is a private Garden but opens to the public for a fee. They have very beautiful formal gardens in the style of an English country estate but using primarily NZ native plants which was just stunning to look at. I was disappointed not to have taken my camera and will definitely be going back at some stage! There were so many friendly and knowledgeable people at the conference and I was honoured to be a part of it. I am looking forward to sharing further ideas with my lovely new friends!
Keep watching the Facebook page and I hope to re-establish newsletter posts as the next growing season arrives.
Take care and we'll see you real soon!
Kimberley and Aaron
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!