This five acre property has formal gardens, deciduous trees and room to graze stock! Several features radiate from the house. These include a lime walk, laburnum arch, reflection pool, grass sculpture and an enclosed vegetable garden interspersed with sweeping lawns. Hedges define each garden which contain topiary, ireses, lavender and roses. A herbacious border is a new addition. Rush Munro ice-cream available.
Ann & Vince's Garden
This peaceful, large and diverse garden was begun in 2003 around a restored and relocated 100 year old villa. Ann and Vince, owners of Big Jim’s garden centre have used many different ideas and vistas. These include a perennial border, woodland garden, a maple walk, a productive vegetable garden and a boardwalk to the river using native plants. Off-road parking available. Buses by arrangement.
Set with a stunning view of the mountain, this rural garden has made good use of trees and hedges to protect it from the prevailing winds without closing in the garden. In spring it is full of well-coordinated colour, strong on perennials and smaller shrubs in detailed plantings. Features include dry stone walling, vegetable garden, orchard and summerhouse. Off-road parking. Picnickers welcome. Featured in House & Garden October 2013.
Lost Paradise - Landscape Design Project 2016
The 2016 Landscape Design Project ‘Lost Paradise’ was situated in the Totara Dell at Pukekura Park. It was designed by Michael Mansvelt of Plantation Design House and produced with the help and expertise of Michael Keat from Theatre Lamp & Lighting and the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust. View this clip by Mark Bellringer of Digital Story to see how the process unfolded. Many thanks to the TSB Community Trust who funded this project.
Impermanence - Landscape Design Project 2015
The festival's Landscape Design Project 'Impermanence' can be discovered on New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway (Belt Road entrance) until end of the 2015 festival. View this clip by Pip Guthrie & Pal Motion to see how the process took place! Thank you to the TSB Community Trust, Daltons and Hookers.
This country garden, set sensitively within its wider environment, includes the adjacent 400 year old Puketarata Pa. Making the most of its mountain and landscape views, incorporating skilled blending of native plants with exotic varieties. Generous herbaceous plantings provide flowers, colour and scent. Walking tracks are in the gully below. Bus groups can be collected from the road by arrangement.
Situated with views to both the coast and the mountain on fine days, this peaceful country garden uses its elevated position to grow splendid hybrid rhododendrons, many of which will be flowering during the festival. Hostas are used extensively as under planting. Features include a large pond, rustic fences, garden seating and children’s play area. Picnickers welcome. Crafts and art for sale. Complimentary tea and coffee.
La Rosaleda is defined by Coleen's delight in the romantic pastels of Edwardian era, achieved through meticulous management of colour combined with her passion for vinatge roses and perennials. Over 300 roses have an exuberant froth of under planting contained within the more formal structure in this town garden. Featured in Next and NZ House & Garden magazines. Please note this garden is taking a year off and is not in the 2016 festival.
Te Kainga Maririe
Te Kainga Marire is the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand to be rated as a Garden of International Significance. Te Kainga Marire’s (translated ‘peaceful encampment’) point of difference lies in the natural plant associations that evoke a feeling of the real New Zealand. This native plant paradise was developed in 1972 from clay wasteland. Keen outdoor adventurers, the owners wanted a bird friendly garden designed around the ecological groupings they had observed in the wild. New Zealand native grasses, climbers, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees have been carefully nurtured around rustic fences, a pond, a colonial bush hut and cool fern filled whare. Shy Tui now regularly fly into the garden to feed.
Where the Wild Things Are
A secluded and peaceful woodland garden, a hidden gem. It has a diverse range of plants; mature trees, shrubs, natives, ferns, perennials, flowers, herbs and vegetables landscaped over a sloping section and home to tuis and fantails. Please note this garden is taking a year off and is not in the 2016 festival.
Jenny has combined her love of gardening with her formal training in landscape design and horticulture to create a large family garden. Just 2km from an exposed coastline, shelter is an important aspect and she has linked garden rooms with hedge-lined paths. Features include brick walls and pillars, cottage style plantings, early flowering roses, vegetable potager and the remarkable hanging baskets for which she is renowned.