Last Wednesday, when I went for a stroll through Hamilton
Gardens, I mentioned I visited a few of them.
One was Te Parapara, the Maori kumara garden.
This was the entrance gate to the garden.
Outside the enclosure was this building. It is a pity that there is not more signage
around, as I would have liked to have known what its purpose was meant to be.
This building, built to sit above ground, looks like a storehouse for the kumara when it is harvested.
The ground is currently being prepared to be ready for
kumara planting time, when that arrives.
This photo, taken in 2020, shows what the kumara look like
when they are half-grown.
I’m not sure what this building represents (it may be another
type of storehouse), but it is obviously tied up with fertility!
These carvings look to me like they are there to protect the
Around the outside of the garden there is a planting of native
plants. I believe these are to represent
the food that was gathered from the wild, as opposed to what was cultivated.
Our weather today (Sunday) is misty drizzle. Hopefully, this coming week will bring some
more lovely sunny days with it.
Stay happy 😊