Regenerative Livestyle Blog

Sharing my regeneration journey, enjoying living in harmony with nature


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I am Tree

I looove Nature ; I looove Trees.

More than Loving, I AM NATURE!

I feel one with nature, with trees;

I believe humans (me and you) nature and trees are one.

I AM TREE! I realize it’s a bit extreme…

But it’s the story of my life and my purpose to protect them.

Growing with trees

Pun intended, as a child, I was often found in the garden observing or dreaming, up in “my” cherry tree.

Always, I found solace sitting against a big tree. I remember running to the park nearby to calm down after exams.

I feel the trees’ sap pulsing
I feel the trees strength and grounding infuse and calm me.

A sequoia nook. Powerful!

Seeing oneness

But it’s only at 50 that I experienced ONENESS with nature and trees, in Rakiura, after 3 days walking in the forest.

I had slowed down, influenced by the calm, on the lookout for wildlife and photos, to enjoy it longer, and surely the feet and the back were getting tired!

I stopped to drink the delicious champagne of the sky collected at the last hut.
I realized that THIS water had surely been in THOSE trees before.

  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • Trees are 50% water and humans 60% approx
  • The rest is mostly carbon

We are the same! Trees are just much bigger, rooted, many old and wise, living in beautiful living communities.

I was standing there in that forest, amazed, open.

I felt my blood and the sap pulsating together, just at a way different speed
I felt the life force in the trees and my self as one, as a big healthy body
I felt small but nurtured, in full gratitude and humbleness
I felt WE ARE LIFE.

A deep connection moment

Once you’ve seen that,

there is no unseeing.

Valuing Trees

Now, we all know that trees, forests and nature are degraded for resources, agriculture, housing, or for a revamp or for water reservoirs right here in Wanaka.
In our society, trees have value as timber, when they are dead;
In our society, nature has value per square meter, when it is bare.

Luckily, more and more people realize that trees provide great habitat, air cleaning, water sponge, shade and wellbeing and other “ecosystem services” and we need them.
Importantly, trees are fantastic carbon absorption machines.
So trees are now central to climate action.

For me, trees are beings.
They have intrinsic value.
Because they are, because they live. Thank you
🙏🏼

Trees communicate, trees feel, taste, touch, see…
Trees adapt, they help each other.

An immense intelligence that we don’t understand.
Trees are sentient beings.
Their consciousness is beyond ours.
But the life in me recognize the life in them.

ONENESS – LOVE – RESPECT

A Canadian study found that Mother trees send more nutrients to their baby offspring compared to other seedlings!

Action for nature and trees

So what do I do with this realization?

  • All my life, I linked in nature-related jobs and groups
  • All my life, I planted and gardened where I could, and now, it’s a lot!
  • All my life, I learnt about nature and trees…
  • And now, I share the joy in guided garden tours.

For years, I have spoken for the trees. The Lorax you know.
I talk at meetings, I write submissions and letters, I sign, I march, and I share on social media to protect nature and trees.

“Don’t cut trees!” – “Put nature first!” – “Plant more diversity” over and over…

But at the Wanaka Climate March earlier this month, I publicly pledged to do more so I launched the #LoveWanakaTrees campaign to create a tree loving culture.

At the Wanaka Climate March earlier this month organized by Mac Team Green, I pledged to create a tree loving culture #lovewanakatrees. With love, comes respect and protection.

With MAC Team Green – Climate March
March 2023

CREATING A TREE LOVING CULTURE

#lovewanakatrees is an invitation to everyone to take note and photos of trees around them, in parks and gardens, when driving around Wanaka or from the carpark to the office.

  • Stop and look.
  • Admire! The leaves turning day after day into beautiful colours.
  • Observe! The cones, the bark, catkins and samaras, maybe a nest;
  • Listen! To the birds, the insects, the wind, maybe the tree 😉
  • And give a thought to whoever planted them.
  • Breathe.
  • Thank the trees, honour them, enjoy them, love them.

You can share photos of our favourite trees with #lovewanakatrees or post on Love Wanaka Trees Facebook Group.

Loving trees changes life. I feel better for loving trees.

Let’s see if you, Wanaka, and the planet, feel better for loving trees too.


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Gardening in Harmony with Nature Classes

Regenerative Lifestyle WORKSHOPS

New series coming SOON

October 23 on Saturday mornings.

Register your interest.

  • Are you interested in taking care of your property in harmony with nature?
  • Do you want to know how to regenerate your lifestyle property?
  • Do you love living healthy and close to nature?
  • Do you ask yourself what would nature do? 

Learn more than you expect with garden guide and regenerative lifestyle practitioner, Florence Micoud, in a relaxed afternoon with the gardener atmosphere in the beautiful inspiring garden she is a grateful guardian of.

Contact me 02102792481 for more info or booking. Be in quick, limited space!  

  • 6 sessions 9am-12 pm
  • 3 to 7 Participants
  • Price: $240pp – $210pp with Community Service Card or Duet
  • Location: Namaste Park and Garden, 2 hectares of climate positive lifestyle block run in harmony with nature in Wanaka.
  • Level: Beginner, intermediate
  • Bring: Gloves, notebook+pen, jar+box for takeaways

Details of the sessions

Each session includes : 

+ Informative tour
+ Activity
+ Q&A
+ Stretch
+ Takeaways (garden goody & recipe)

Contact me 02102792481 for more info or booking, limited space

I’m looking forward to share garden and nature beauty and knowledge with you in spring,
it’s going to be awesome!

Florence


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From Lawn to Meadow

Lawn practice is changing. Public reserves are mowed less often. Many urban garden owners keep an unmowed strip of grass for biodiversity.

Lawns use up to 75% of household water use, they use and leach fertilizer and as all monocultures, lawns are not conducive to biodiversity… Not regenerative! 

Let’s revisit our views on lawns https://phys.org/news/2022-09-experts-lawns.html

In the news at the end of October 2022, lawns being a big contributor to climate change – there was a call to dig up some lawn to plant #trees, save on energy (to mow the lawn), on fertilizers and on water.

To regenerate more, why not plant a veggie patch (to reduce food km), mow just a footpath, grow bee friendly flowers… All adds to biodiversity, reduce carbon use and the noise for the neighbours, specially with an electric ride on lawn mower!

Grass roots act like sponge, they absorb water and retain it, reducing flooding and irrigation needs. From The Secret Life of Roots exhibition by US Botanic Garden

We grow a meadow

Here in the park of our property, once a compacted pasture grazed by horses, the grass has been growing for 15 years. It hasn’t been mowed nor cut nor eaten.

We mow footpaths with our new electric ride on lawnmower. Much more silent than the petrol one, clean and free to run, at the same price. All the mowing is done in one hour on a 2.5 hectares property.

Every winter the grass is drying and flattening. Healthy new grass grows through it in spring and summer. And it breaks down in the winter.  It is creating a thick mattress. The land is regenerating. 

  • deep brown rich soil, 
  • absorbing rain and keeping moist in summer, 
  • less work, less energy use, less noise,
  • more and more insects and skinks therefore birds

We observe that our meadow evolves over time. After 15 years, some patches remain green even in the heat of the summer when every unirrigated land is fawn. It’s beautiful and lush. It is a soft big sponge!

While it clearly absorbs carbon and water, as there is a visible improvement of the soil and biodiversity, we have no data.

The Zirkle study says unmowed uneaten grass can absorb from 25gr to 204gr of carbon per m2 per year, depending on conditions, that’s 40000m2 to 4900m2 to absorb a tonne of Carbon per year. That’s quite significant although still very vague.

I am looking for more information on how much carbon does grass capture when left to grow (not grazed, not mowed), decompose and regrow. Let me know!

We love our grass

Grass growing is a natural process creating an abundant source of matter. So we use it.

We keep a row of tall grass between the flower borders and the footpath: it holds the mulch and leaves what the birds usually scatter. Grass grows and hides the rabbit fences. 

Grass is great material to layer the compost, to mulch a small footpath or a plant. By breaking down, it enriches the soil.

Grass is not a threat nor a fight, we don’t control grass. We don’t “weed”!

To clear a grassed area to plant a tree or create a new garden, we cut out and remove the top 5cm, full of roots. Then we loosen the soil and pull more roots. And yes, that’s hard work.

Then grass regrows in competition with our plants, so we pull the roots out which aerates the soil as well. This is caring for our plants, never drudgery. I often thank the blades of couch for pointing in the direction of the roots!

It’s best to use a small tool to pull as much root as possible (specially the dandelion roots, that I clean, dry, roast and grind for my “coffee” – but that’s another post!)

We only pull the shoots we recognise, and observe what grows. Some returning annuals are pleasant surprises.

Mulching generously after cleaning an area limits the regrowth. The thickness of mulch makes it easier to pull the grass out the following time.

The first year we open a garden, we remove the grass regrowth three times, the second and third year a couple of times, then once a year. Overtime, the grass doesn’t grow back much. 

Grass is left in the background but it’s clean and mulched around the bulbs

I nearly forgot to say we do have lawn around the house! It is nice to sit or lie down. Less than 10% of the land is regularly cut and irrigated. That’s a lot of water saving and reduction in mowing time and noise (and dirty fuel usually but not in our case since our ride-on lawnmower is electric, as all our tools are).


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All we need is ♥… a mindshift

I did it!

20 times, I walked past the glass house, telling myself “I want to” redevelop it. It was in the too-hard-basket don’t-know-where-to-start for a while.

Then I set my mind to it, looked at what was needed, researched and got bits. Then I did it, in four or five sessions, helped by my partner ♡ and we now have a clean and lush source of seedlings and joy. Done. Happy.

What happened? I chose to do it. I switched to I-can-do-it, I looked deeper, with a bit of curiosity, adventure and creation, one step at a time, it was easy. And fun.

Quite an ordinary experience, isn’t it? We know how to do new stuff, we do it all the time. All change, small or big, starts with a conscious choice, a decision, a mindshift.

Our renewed glasshouse

For the big challenge of climate change, we need is a mindshift too. And it’s happening. TVNZ has started a Climate Special programme, showcasing solutions and opportunities. They said 51% of people don’t know what to do. Here it is:

Start with a mindshift

  • Shift to NOW, not in 2030. In my case, I have chosen sustainability and regeneration for a long time. I don’t wait for a law that forces us to do it. Whatever carbon I don’t use now, is not in the atmosphere. Over the years, that’s a lot of carbon that I haven’t added in the atmosphere.

Wean yourself off fossil fuels

I switch to electric vehicles and tools, solar panels, local food, renewable energy provider, I divest…

In what I buy, in what I do, I look for carbon and embedded carbon (eg. plastic, chemicals, kilometres, waste) and find the best I can, or stop altogether. 

Choose nature

I chose nature a long time ago. I defend nature, enhance nature (plant trees, foster biodiversity…), mimic nature. I align with nature, I slow down, it’s relaxing. Forest bathing is now a thing, it changes us, it is our nature. I convey the experience within Beautiful Gardens of Wānaka guided garden tours, admiring and immersing in nature. Knowing nature better to care for her better. 
And for everyone to enjoy connecting with nature, I am advocating for Biodiversity and Community enhancing Parks and Corridors. It’s an elegant solution to many local issues and it is getting traction.

I value nature more than money. In our society still very much based on monetary value, it’s a big mindshift. From “I want/I need more/fear of lacking” to “I have enough“, simplicity, contentement. I can’t think of something that has more value than an old tree, or a forest, it can’t be bought, it can’t be replaced. I take all my decisions on how it will impact nature, not how much it costs.

Flower bathing, guiding a garden tour

In short, I care.

I care for my garden, feeling in gratitude for being a guardian of this beautiful part of Papatuanuku.

I care for my community by contributing to the local Regenerative Tourism intiative and facilitating Regenerative Wanaka discussion page.

I care for the planet and all its beings, and specially trees. I love trees -but that will be another post.

And I care for myself. Because this is where I have most effect. I choose what I eat; Food that is good for us and for the planet is one of the major solutions of the climate crisis (this food subject also deserves an entire post). I choose what I drink, what I put on my skin, what I wear… I choose as local, natural and least transformed as possible. I care for my mental health, I breathe, I exercise, in nature, in the garden. I become aware, conscious and this is a big mindshift, always work in progress!

Becoming aware…

  • I stopped saying it’s difficult: this stops me from trying! Instead, I tell myself it IS easy and I find a way.
  • I stopped blaming others, the council, the media… Instead, I ask myself: “How can I help?” and I take responsibility, I connect and inform as best as I can. It is a humbling exercise in vulnerability.
  • I stopped saying “I will.., I can’t, they should…” Instead, I create the world I envision. I do. It is very empowering, creative, fun, beautiful.  

I choose to care for the planet, the community and life now, in all ways and to contribute to the regenerative culture shift.

Enough talking, next post will be about grassroots. Literally grass roots!

Feel free to share other mindshift examples♡
Simply being in nature, connecting, with all senses


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Good Good Christmas presents

Gift an experience: a guided garden tour (gift vouchers available here), a cruise, a bike or kayak rental… so many things to do in Wanaka, to do together, or with their choice of companionship.

Gift trees: to the local community nursery Te Kakano or nationwide https://grow.treesthatcount.co.nz/fund/trees

Gift services: massages, carwash, house cleaning, garden tidy-up… you can do yourself or get a professional to do…

And if you really want to gift a thing, go to Wastebusters annual Sustainable Christmas Market is on 26th November 2022.

Follow Plastic Free Wanaka for tips about waste free christmas.

Plant a Christmas tree!
eg. Norwegian spruce.


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Courage comes from the heart

Courage comes from the french word Coeur : Heart. Care.

I have plenty of it and I begin sharing publicly my experience of regenerative lifestyle.

I have the privilege to share the guardianship of a piece of land on heavenly Mother Earth and have the joy to foster its regeneration. Sharing how we do it is a pillar of this blog.

How can I be helpful?” was the prompt for Paul Hawken career.

Focus on what we can do, what we care about, that’s all you can do, that’s sufficient“. He added. This made it for me!

I care a lot for nature, for the trees.

No time, nor pretexte (“not good enough”, “who am I to give advice?”!), nor need to wait to create a beautiful regenerated world, safe and abundant for everyone, every being, and that includes the trees. And all the living beings.

Having a lot of knowledge and experience, I here now show leadership and passion, I allow my view of the world to shine, in a loving and compassionate, positive and practical way. And hopefully fun, I certainly enjoy it. Curiosity, open to change, openness, connectedness.

Paul Hawken explains: Let’s start by connecting with nature and the living world. Slow down. Go outside. We are living organisms. Interconnection with nature will change us. Once we realise we are part of nature, we have faith in nature and healing, we are empowered,. Regeneration is within us. So let’s go (back) to our true nature and align with life (again). It’s easy, it’s the flow. It’s being in love with all, and with the living world.

More inspiration from Paul Hawken coming soon, follow the blog to stay tuned. It’s starting and it feels good.

Florence


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Climate or dairy change?

Open letter to Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw. Sent 30th September 2022

Dear leaders,

I admire what you do and leadership style and I am inviting you to take strong policies to de-intensify diary industry, we know methane is a huge problem, we know water quality is proportionally inverse to cow presence, we know fertilizers not only pollute persistently but also require humongous amounts of energy to make. 

Knowing all that and continuing to do it is criminal in our times of climate emergency. 

I am doing my bit for my business, our lifestyle and property to be carbon neutral https://beautifulgardenswanaka.com/2022/07/07/carbon-zero-now/ and I am advocating for everyone to do their bit now in any way at their level as part of my business “regenerative Thursday”, 20% of my working week is dedicated to regeneration. 

I am asking you to do your bit at your level that is take strong action to mitigate climate change and I see some awesome progress (eg. phasing out coal boilers, EV car rebate etc.) 

But I have seen the government backing off the dairy emissions repeatedly and this is no longer acceptable, everybody knows it’s a major problem in NZ, not doing it makes everyone say their impact is a drop compared to it so it hampers all efforts. 

As you know, solutions exist and all that is required is choosing to change. Resisting to change is creating more climate change, change there must be.

Change towards regenerative and environmentally friendly agriculture is a great opportunity for NZ dairy to make a difference for their own productivity. I urge you to step up and help farmers understand and implement this, from now on. 

Some policies are not popular when they are written, yet everyone adapts really fast when it’s done well, with good positive communication and financial and online support as your government has been good at doing during the COVID crisis, when you supported us all very well. 

People grumble and resist to change but being Kiwis, we adjust easily. I’m thinking of the plastic bag ban from supermarkets (which I have been advocating for years, not using any single use plastic with no inconvenience), it took years to come but then, tick done, thank you. Easy. 

So yes please, be strong, stand up to reluctant dairy farmers and big chemical industry, and create strong laws to make New Zealand carbon neutral, everyone will eventually thank you for it. 

I am open to helping and giving more details as required. 

Wishing you good luck, and sending all my heartfelt support. 

Kind regards,

Florence Micoud
021 027 92481
beautifulgardenswanaka.com

Extensive farming in Poland in beautiful forested rural landscape. Photo by Olena Bohovyk on Pexels.com

Additional letter sent 29 October 2022

Kia ora,

Have you heard about the Sikkim shift towards organic agriculture? https://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/sikkims-state-policy-on-organic-farming-and-sikkim-organic-mission-india/

If a poor country did it, I hope your government can do it too. 

I am doing my part at my level, personal growth, the land we are gratefully guardian of, and Regenerative action in my community (eg. the Regenerative Wānaka Facebook page). 

All the best,

Florence etc.

Can you spot the solar panel on the house roof? Living among nature.

ANSWER on the 3rd November 2022

Dear Florence

I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, to acknowledge your email of 29 October 2022. Please be assured your comments have been noted.

As the issue you have raised falls within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Damien O’Connor, your email has been forwarded to the Minister’s office for his information.

Thank you for writing, and take care.

Ngā mihi

Private Secretary

Office of the Prime Minister

I’ll look foward to Damien O’Connor follow up.
I care too much to stop.
I believe that positive solution-focused practical ideas can create
a wonderful regenerated world and are always worth sharing.

Florence


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Open letter to NZ media – 11 Feb 2022

Welcome to a beautiful world of regeneration!

Kia ora,

I am a regular listener and watcher and appreciate your programmes. Thank you.

I am asking you, the media, to continue to expand on the Cop26. There was lots of coverage  during the summit about the necessity and urgency to act to restore the climate, and then it flopped when the media said the governments were not doing enough. Yes the governments must act faster, and everyone of us, at all levels must do our bit. We changed overnight for COVID, it shows we can change overnight to regenerate the planet and improve our lives too.

I am sharing a vision of regeneration where each of us, our society and our environment rebound from climate change, Covid-19 and social crises.  

Simply, regeneration is improving what we have and removing fossil fuels from our lives. 

So what can each of us do? 

We can all choose to adapt, to change, let’s do this together, each of us at our level, at home, at work, organisations, businesses, local and central government.

Each of us can ask ourselves: “What am I doing for the climate right now?” Each of us can look around and see what uses/contains fossil fuel and choose to stop buying/using it. 

Let’s learn to live carbon-zero or regeneratively, solutions exist, it’s inspiring, creative, good for wellbeing giving us a sense of power in our destiny and I know how Kiwis like a good challenge! It’s exciting, joyful.

Please, everyday in the news, help visualise a green sustainable world, of what each of us can do, in our house, at our table, in our garden and beyond, by telling the story of the many initiatives, sharing knowledge (lifehacks!) about sustainable/climate friendly/healthy/biodiversity and community enhancing. You could add a fun presentation of a practical tip for each of us to do, right now, a future-proof action/tip of the day. The food we eat, the way we keep healthy and safe in our homes, the way we travel, all can be carbon-heavy or carbon-light. For example showing on TV the difference of carbon content between a local produce grown with compost and a processed food in plastic packaging coming from Australia via Italy, do you see the impact? When everyday, we buy this food or that food just adds up to a big difference. When a prize is offered for a competition, choose a regenerative idea: an electric car, a kit to grow your own food, a bokashi set, a sailing trip (not a jetboat or helicopter ride!), I have many more ideas, just ask!

Yes the media do quite a few good little docos, Country Calendar shows many regenerative pesticide free farms. A lot more needs to happen, every day, a regular section, simply use the same time or place allocated to Cop26 in the news, or create a feature like Beat that in the Projectfun and compassionate as you, NZ Media, are good at doing, and add the practical future-proof action/tip/lifehack of the day. We hear sport news everyday, at every news, don’t we? Is it essential to life? I am sure you can find a space to broadcast life-essential news too. You will learn a lot on the way as well, it’s interesting and empowering.

So what am I doing at my level (beyond asking you to do something)?

  • In my household, I am committed to reduce our packaging further. I always choose paper/cardboard packaging, there are many easy swaps. I am phoning all the companies of the few packaged products we still buy, to check how recyclable/compostable they are. If they are not, I stop buying them. I had to replace my favourite tea!
  • For our property,  we have now stopped buying petrol to power our powertools, they are now all electric and charged by our solar panels. Our new electric ride on lawnmower is great, much more silent than the petrol one, clean and free to run, and at a similar price. Why are people still buying petrol ones? Because they don’t know. Medias need to tell this to people. 
  • In my business, as well as reducing my own carbon footprint (eg. Hybrid van), I share how to garden without chemicals. Beyond saying “Round up is potentially dangerous”, I show my guests how to manage “weeds” without weedkillers. I share many other practical ways of living in harmony with nature.
  • In my community, I hold and share a vision of a regenerative district where landowners are supported by the council to restore biodiversity and improve wellbeing for all on a part of their land. It covers all 17 UN sustainable development goals, land, biodiversity and water improvement, equality/resilience with public access and local food production. It is progressing. 
  • We always plant trees (already 6 this year) to absorb carbon our life still creates. 
  • And so on, caring for ourselves, caring for our people, and caring for our planet. It all is simple and makes a huge difference for us, the land and the people around us. 

While some people feel helpless in the face of the planet’s dismay, a zero-carbon regenerative life is self-evident for many long term pioneers. 

I know many people living a low or zero carbon life and regenerating the land. Their stories can be told, their knowledge can be shared.

The Drawdown is a good source of ideas, it describes and ranks the solutions to draw carbon back down into the earth crust, which inspired the 2040 movie. 

Many young talented people are ready to make cool docos, they have learnt problems and solutions at school, they are the solution generation. Media could employ them when creating new series, from lifehack clips to regular programmes eg. Fair Go.

There are lots of knowledge and practitioners around and I’m happy to give you more references or theme ideas to help our nation shift to regenerating our world, becoming kaitiaki. 

Artichoke flower: beautiful and full of bees

Wherever people are in their carbon-free/resilience/ sustainable/ wellbeing journey, they can choose to start now and change.  If everyone would live a low-carbon life like us, it would make a global difference and the planet would have a chance to stay below 1.5 degrees average temperature increase.

A big caring campaign, and nec minute, we are creating a beautiful sustainable inclusive fair and safe world, full of trees, and down chorus. Creativity, resilience, sharing, slow-down, consume-less, calming, and fun! It’s possible, simple and we can start now. Why wait?

Soon the world will look again at a compassionate, beautiful and sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand, we can do it. 

Think about it this weekend: Look how much embedded oil is around you? What can you actually do? 

I thank you for reading and hope it will inspire you. 

Kindest regards,

Florence Micoud

Our Park planted with hundreds of trees, only the footpath is mowed, teeming with life


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Calling for owners of beautiful gardens in Wanaka

All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.” -Voltaire 1759.

Inspired by this quote and imbued by a love for nature, Florence Micoud is now sharing her passion by creating outstanding private garden tours in the Wanaka district. “Post covid-19 has opened up new opportunities and catering to the local and domestic market is where we now have to look as overseas tourism takes a back seat

Starting in spring and running to the end of Otagos’ flamboyant autumn, Beautiful Gardens of Wanaka will be offering guided narrative tours, to a maximum of 7 visitors per group, viewing 4 selected private gardens on a half-day tour.  This will create an inspiring visual experience, connecting people with nature while adding value and gratitude to the unique garden creations in the Upper Clutha district.

I invite owners to submit their garden for consideration to be part of the tour”, Florence says.

Rose ArchGarden owners will receive a donation per visitor, providing an income stream for garden caretakers to support their ongoing development and their labour of love.

More significantly, “the garden tours are the occasion to showcase and share your beautiful garden and your dedication” adds Florence. “Keep gardening as you do, no need to make it perfect, it’s a living garden.”

Well-known for her community involvement for many things sustainable, Florence has a long experience and knowledge of gardening. For seven years, she worked as information manager for a French leading organic gardening company, producing a substantial magazine, publishing books and operating the visitor center; Terre Vivante. Florence led many guided tours at this centre featuring stunning gardens, eco-building, renewable energy and sustainable opportunities.

Florence has enjoyed gardening ever since and the idea of a garden tour for local and national visitors came from the deep joy she experienced from visiting and sharing the stunning gardens locally in Wanaka. This new business venture contributes to the widening new experiences now coming on offer to visitors in the Wanaka area. It also creates networking opportunities to garden caretakers – eg. carbon sinks, seed banks, plant swaps and sharing local plant knowledge.

I will start with two tours per week and see how it grows, organically.” Now is the time to be part of the new Wanaka attraction! Florence invites local gardeners to submit their creations for consideration, ready for a start up with the emergence of springtime.

Visit beautifulgardenswanaka.com for more information and contact details.


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Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima – is Executive Director of Oxfam International. Her interview on Radio NZ is life-affirming.winnie-byanyima-wef_3

A few facts

8 men own as much as half of the world population
Shareholders steal the wealth from the economic system
Governments supports powerful rich lobbies by tax system
Business model: Companies supports stakeholders first, they take away from workers, from environment, from producers/suppliers (small companies)
3 billionaires own more than 28 million people!

Solutions

  • Closing tax loopholes corporate tax reform
  • Minimum wages–> living wages
  • Slow but happening
  • Transparency

Today 13 million people are in danger of starvation, because of conflict, and also drought, flood, drought ie. climate change
Because of inequality, mineral wealth capture.
Solutions for adapting to climate change exist. Local knowledge exist. Women are the frontline. Invest in supporting this local knowledge.

NZ has committed to zero emission by 2050, put laws in place to reach it!
Trump? Never mind, people will do it anyway raise your ambition to reduce the global warming. Story of inequality, injustice, opportunity to stand up.
180 years for an African man to create as much CO2 as an American man in one year
Today poor countries have more leadership than rich ones to reduce, adapt to climate change…

Good moment, great challenge!
The corruption is no greater in African countries than in US, EU etc example lobbying!
Citizen need to fight to get power back, in all countries!

OXFAM supports the people against poverty, climate change, corruption, Oxfam also support equality, women, children, fairness.  We can support Oxfam! I support Oxfam.

Go Winnie!