Project 25 - What Grows Where You Live

What Grows Where You Live

Ruth Evans
An Urban Dream Brokerage Project
November 2017 - April 2018
23 Princes Street
Property Partner: Haranda Investments
Environment Envoy commission as part of Te Ao Tūroa - Dunedin’s Environment Strategy

What Grows Where You Live embraces the biodiversity available in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. Focusing on the plant species raupō, harakeke, kōwhai and poroporo, the project begins by working with private and public landowners to introduce native flora across the greater Dunedin region through planting schemes. Materials will be gathered from these sites to be used in constructing art works. The exhibition featured workshops for skills and knowledge sharing, and a zine providing understanding of where these plants grow, how to source them, and their traditional application in Māori society.



Saturday 28 April 10am Ruth Evans will discuss the What Grows Where You Live project followed with a group discussion surrounding the future plans of #WGWYL as an art collective engaging with native revegetation initiatives. A crafting space will be set-up to entertain children while their caregivers talk.

Saturday 28 April 1pm Learn to plant trees like the birds do! Using nutrient rich clay and eco sourced native seeds create a “magic poo bomb” to plant in a suitable location of your choice! Child friendly/fun for all ages!

Make a Zine Workshop at #wgwyl HQ
Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM - 11 AM
This drop-in style workshop will provide you with all you will need to make your very own zine! While visiting the space you will also be able to view the What Grows Where You Live art exhibition, and read the #WGWYL zine to learn more about the project.
Ōtepoti based artists Ruth Evans and Log will be around for any assistance required while you craft away. 
Child friendly/fun for all ages!

Introduction to the art of raranga with Lucy Smith.
Saturday, May 5 at 1 PM - 2 PM
Introduction to the art of raranga (weaving) with Lucy Smith.
This workshop will teach you about Tikanga (protocols) around harvesting and care of flax plants, and you will learn how to make flax flowers.
All ages welcome, but small children must be supervised by a caregiver who is not participating.
Bookings essential as numbers are limited.
Be sure to have lunch before you come, as there will be no eating or drinking while you mahi raranga.
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Plant a native, with Dylan King
Saturday, May 12 at 10 AM - 11 AM
During this hands-on, practical workshop, Dylan King will demonstrate propagation techniques for native species. Participants will plant seeds and transplant seedlings which they will be able to take home. Dylan will also demonstrate how to take divisions of harakeke.

Dylan is a qualified arborist, gardener and landscaper, who specializes in New Zealand native species. He will be available to discuss what sort of native plants will be good for your property during this event. Child friendly/fun for all ages!

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Images: Justin Spiers and Ruth Evans

Kate Schrader