Everyone is welcome to join the Auckland Branch and/or attend our meetings and field trips.

For branch membership and newsletter, send $6 to: Dave Woods, 1/57 Karaka Street, Takapuna 0622.
Phone 09 489 5470

Auckland Branch monthly meetings

ALL WELCOME (members and non-members)

When: Meetings are held on the third Tuesday each month (Feb to Nov), starting at 7.15pm
Cost:  $3 at door to cover hall hire
Location:/ Auckland Horticultural Centre Western Springs Gardens, 990 Great North Road, Western Springs.
(Directly opposite Motions Road, the road that goes to the Zoo. There is plenty of parking below the building).

There will be a guest speaker on organics or health and a well-supplied trading table each meeting.

*Come early for the trading table.* We usually have lots to cover, and try to have the speaker finished by 9pm. Then time for more trading table, supper and talking. Contributions to shared supper appreciated.
Trading table: Usually a wide range of produce or products brought by members. So bring your stuff to sell (even surplus garden or health books – that spare bunch of silverbeet or tomatoes etc etc you can’t keep up with.) You may donate some or all of the proceeds to branch funds – but only if you wish.

Your newsletter Organically Speaking

The branch newsletter needs your contributions of snippets, hints, clippings, stories etc. relating to gardening, health etc.
Just send them to: Dave Woods, 1/57 Karaka Street, Takapuna 0622.
Phone 09 489 5470

Programme July to November 2018

Below is a preview of our July-November Auckland Programme, if you would like more information or to see what other events are on in different areas click here.


Tuesday 17th at 7.15 pm

Linda Christianson – Nourish, Health and Nutrition – gut healing for mental health.

Since working for Framework at their gardens, Linda now is employed by Pathways NGO for mental health and presents a very interesting service for clients providing them with the opportunity to grow fresh and healthy food towards recovery



Tuesday 18th September 7.15pm

Joanne Harland, programme manager for Charitable Trust, Garden to Table, will share this highly practical programme and opportunity for children across the country to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share, fresh seasonal food.


Tuesday November 20th at 6.30pm 

End of year celebration and film evening with “Seed: The Untold Story“. Bring a plate for shared meal, a gift for the raffle and prizes. Dress up as “Seeds Aplenty”.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshiped and treasure since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story (2016), follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old seed legacy.

Saturday November 10th 

Field trip to Herb Garden at Ellerslie

Due to real interest, we are revisiting Senior Lecturer Wayne Hill and the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine Herb Garden at 8 Arthur Street, Ellerslie, at 10 am. We will see it in a different seasonal garb than our last visit. We will visit the CCS Disability Action Dig It Garden with Community Garden Supervisor, Victoria Barrett, in Royal Oak, about 12.30 pm, where we will share lunch. Suggested Koha/Donation of $4


Tuesday 21st August 7.15pm

Megan May, founder of Little Bird Organics, will share her experience of Plant based Wholefoods Eating.



Tuesday October 16th at 7.15 pm – World Food Day (FAO)

Trish Allen, a permaculturist and community gardener and passionate zero waste champion, will share with us insights and inspiration from the International Permaculture Convergence in India and on food growing there.


Saturday October 27th 

Field Trip to Whangaparoa

Minette Tonoli of Meadowsweet will share her garden of edible flowers and herbs and companion plantings followed by a visit to Dee Pigneguy’s new property ten minutes away.

Meadowsweet is open by appointment only and we begin the field trip there at 22 Shadon Place, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa at 11 am.

We will each bring our own drink and lunch to share when we arrive at Dee Pigneguy’s property at 25 Walbrook Road, Manly, Whangaparaoa, about 12.30pm; Dee will provide a cup of herb tea there, before sharing her small urban garden.

You will be amazed to see how Dee has transformed this unpromising urban section covered in kikuyu and with clay soil into a productive seasonal gardening using cardboard and chips followed up with seaweed, coffee grounds, biodynamic cow poo and some compost. Indeed, a surprise awaits you.  Dee has also planted up the verge as a beneficial insect garden. Over the years Dee has shared her gardening expertise with many groups, including Auckland Branch of Soil and Health on several occasions. Dee has published several books on gardening for children and nutrition for adults.

 Please remember suggested Koha/Donation of $4.