Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan is a gardener, author, broadcaster, journalist, part-time farmer, parent and plantaholic.

For half her life, the former editor of New Zealand Gardener magazine has been digging up ideas and inspiration for growing food and flowers in Kiwi gardens. Lynda is an entertaining speaker who imparts her wisdom with a generous spadeful of common-sense advice and a good crop of laughs.

Lynda lives with her family in the foothills of the Hunua Ranges, south-east of Auckland, and is currently splitting her time between her large country garden and a small colonial cottage renovation project.

Lynda will be joining us for a special speaking and dinner event at Hanmer Springs Hotel on Friday 28th October.

Details on this event and how to book your tickets are below

Lynda is speaking at an Italian Dinner event
7pm, Friday 28th October 2022 at Hanmer Springs Hotel
Menu – 3 courses (canapes and glass of bubbly on arrival, main + dessert)
Caters for gluten free & vegetarian dietary options

Purchase tickets here


The Studio Home Sessions with Julia Atkinson-Dunn

The Studio Home Sessions are a small series of free to attend talks, hosted by Julia Atkinson-Dunn of Studio Home and the generous owners of three inspiring gardens involved in this year’s Hurunui Garden Festival.

Working with Julia, the gardeners will concentrate on walking tours, open Q+A and demonstrations focused on knowledge beneficial to those starting out.

As Julia can attest, being a gardener for only 4.5 years herself, the wisdom and advice departed by experienced gardeners in her local region have been the richest source of information to give confidence for her own progression.

At just the festival gate price of $10 per person, attendees of each talk will receive a guided tour of the garden, are free to ask questions, and can be assured Julia will be prompting further relevant ones to support those at the start of their gardening life.

This is a new and exceptional opportunity focused on beginners, and a terrific chance to take a day or two to explore the beautiful Hurunui region of North Canterbury.

The Hurunui Garden Festival runs from the 28th – 31st October, opening 22 private gardens and homesteads, intermingled with artist studios and exhibitions to the public. The simple self-drive format allows visitors to pick and choose where to visit using the festival map and pay just $10 per person to enter each beautiful location.

11.00am Friday 28th October – Jenny Cooper ‘The Blue House’ (page 12)

“Creating a vibrant and beautiful dry garden”

After much experimentation and research, Jenny has created a stunning, seasonal garden in Amberley’s harsh conditions. Motivated to design sustainable garden beds that require no additional watering support, Jenny will guide us through her methods of bed preparation and plant selection. This will be an invaluable session with techniques not commonly practiced in New Zealand, resulting in resilient, dry-loving but beautiful plantings.

11.00am Saturday 29th October – Penny Zino ‘Flaxmere Garden’ (page 31)

“How to plan and make a naturalistic garden”

Inspired by her workshop with Piet Oudolf, the international forerunner of The New Perennial Movement, Penny turned a leaf in her gardening career of 56 years to experiment with this fresh take on planting. Explore the naturalistic style beds of mixed perennials and grasses in their springtime form, learning the realities and techniques of this planting concept in New Zealand conditions.

11.00am Sunday 30th October – Doreen Dryden of ‘Loch Leven’ (page 59)

“How to propagate to replenish your garden”

‘Loch Leven’ is a fascinating garden in the Amuri Basin demonstrating creative plant combinations, hard landscaping, and a gorgeous spring display. With the growth of her passion, Doreen has also created her own productive nursery supplying top garden centres in Canterbury. Learning to be resourceful in the creation of her outside spaces, she has an immense amount of knowledge to share with us on techniques to propagate all sorts of plants to further fuel the beauty of the garden she has created.

About Julia Atkinson-Dunn

Julia Atkinson-Dunn is the creative behind Studio Home and author of beginner gardening book; ‘Petal Power’. With a background in writing, design and art, Julia fell firmly in love with gardening while transforming her small Christchurch patch just 4.5 years ago. Documenting her adventure via her social channels and her weekly column with Stuff and The Press, Julia is a committed cheerleader of helping others discover the magic in creating gardens for themselves.