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         Kapiti Branch Waikanae    

                      Branch Executive

Branch President

Lesley Gillespie
39 Kohekohe Road, Waikanae 5036
Ph: 021960294
Email: [email protected]


Margaret Monks 

35 Horopito Road, WAIKANAE 5036

Ph: 04 902 4797

Email: [email protected]


               Branch Programme 


All Branch meetings will be on Monday afternoons at 2.00 pm at the Presbyterian 

Church Centre Hall, 43 Ngaio Road, Waikanae, unless otherwise stated. 


  •       1.30pm to 1.55pm    In-house competition:  Camellias any variety    Non-members 

                are cordially invited to attend and if they have camellias in their garden they are 

                encouraged to bring their blooms of any colour and variety from their garden and

                enter them in the Novice Class.   There will be a member available to assist

  •      2.00pm to 2.25pm    All classes will be judged, and winning blooms will be awarded

               1st, 2nd or third prize    

  •      2.00pm to 2.30pm    In-house matters including a presentation of the plants of the

               month followed by questions    

  •      2.30pm to 3.00pm    Afternoon tea or coffee (gold coin donation appreciated), along 

               with social interaction.   There will also be a raffle with a number of prizes, a sales 

               table with a variety of  items, and a library of camellia and associated books

  •      3.00pm to 4.00pm   A Guest Speaker on a wide range of topics after which there will 

               be an opportunity to ask questions             

The Branch continues with its meetings, and for 2021 they are -   

May 3                Guest Speaker:  Tricia Noble-Beasley, "Noble Estate - a family 

                          owned olive grove":  In-house competition: Camellias any 


June 1               Winter luncheon and Special General meeting to approve the 

                          Branch's accounts, Plateau Centre, Parkwood Retirement 

                          Village, Waikanae.  Guest Speaker:  Gus Evans In-house 

                          competition: Camellias any species

July 5                Guest Speaker:   Peter Gillespie "The wicked and pernicious 

                          weed- a brief history of hops" 

August              National Camellia Show and Convention - Tauranga.  Details 

13 to 16            on the National Show web page. 

August 21         Unfortunately, the branch's annual show has been cancelled 

                          again due to a Covid 19 level 4 lockdown.                             

September 6    Visit two spring gardens after afternoon tea and raffle draw.

                          In-house competition:  Camellia any variety               

September 14  Garden visits to Woodhaven Gardens Levin, Ruth and Gary's 

                          garden South Manakau, and Watson's Nursery Otaki.  Lunch at

                          Salt & Pepper Cafe Levin at own cost.   9.00am departure from 

                          Park Avenue Waikanae children's play ground.

October 1         Guest Speaker:  Margaret Monks and Simon Read "Inspirational 

                          Gardens around the world".  In-house competition:  Camellias 

                          any species       

November 1     2.00pm to 4.00pm, Garden Visit: Guided garden walk with Kevin 

                          Pritchard,  Chief of Grounds, at Midlands Retirement Village, 

                         Trent Drive (off Milne Drive), followed by afternoon tea 

    403 Dr Colin Crisp

                                                          Hybrid Dr Colin Crisp                



          Friday 20 - Saturday 21 AUGUST 2021


               Unfortunately, this has been cancelled due to a level 4

             Covid lockdown which includes Friday 20 August

                                 413 Henrys Surprise 3

                                                               Henry's Surprise

                                NATIONAL SHOW 2021

     The annual National Show was held on Saturday 14 August  

       in Tauranga.   The blooms stood out in their varying sizes,

    colours, and species.  The Champion Bloom of the Show was

         an outstanding Roger Hall, a Japonica, by Cathy Phillips,

      Western Bay of Plenty.   Cathy is congratulated on this result.   

    Lady luck was on our side because had it been on the following

weekend it would have been cancelled due to a Covid 19 lockdown.   


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                                                                  The winning bloom 

               It is now August 2021 and we have had to cancel both the 2020 and 2021

                annual shows because of a Covid 19 lockdown.   And we had to cancel the 

                             annual National show in August 2020 for the same reasons.   

                Our last annual show was in 2019 on Saturday 17 August    

                                             at the Wakanae Community Centre

                                THE EXHIBITED CAMELLIA BLOOMS 

Panorama Kapiti Hall Layout 2019

                            All the blooms exhibited in their different classes, colours and sizes.                                                                                                                                          


       Brian Champion Bloom & Trophies 2019Novice Best Bloom Kapiti Show 17 8 19

          Pam and Brian's two trophies with the Champion Bloom Frank Howser Variegated to the 

          left, and Geoff Osgood's trophy with the Best Novice Bloom, a pink Nuccio's Lace                     




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