Mahurangi residents and visitors can now pick their own flowers at a special garden located behind Charlies Gelato on Sharp Road in Matakana.
The idea is the brainchild of Rebecka Keeling. She borrowed the concept from similar gardens in her native Sweden to establish her own business, Slow Bloom.
After leasing nearly half a hectare from Charlie’s, Rebecka has spent the last five months creating the garden, which is now awash with flowers including sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, sweetpeas and a selection of herbs useful for making tea. The flowers include varieties and colours that are unavailable at garden centres and will change according to the season.
Slow Bloom opened just before Christmas and Rebecka says sweetpeas have proved especially popular.
“People have been taking them to go camping and putting them in their tent or caravan to make them smell nice,” she says. ... read more