Newspaper Article – Rare blooms

Rare blooms

An Argentium rhododendron towers beside Nottingley House in Nottingley Rd, Hastings. The tree was planted by W. H. Walker more than 50 years ago when the property was a three-acre nursery. Alan Downer, right, took over the property from his father in 1954 and remembers the tree was about 3.6-metres high then. It is now nine-metres high. Horticulturist John Purdie, who has been working in Hawke’s Bay nurseries for 30 years, said it was the only Argentium he knew of in Hawke’s Bay. He plans to propagate the tree. The property’s present owner Jim McQuinlan is on the left.

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