Thank you to all of the Garden owners who have very kindly allowed us to showcase their gardens as part of the tour and create this exciting event to raise money for St Josephs School.
The Garden Of Amanda and Rob Collier. An oak tree avenue welcomes you as you arrive at Ngata, a beautiful Alfred Buxton designed garden set on three acres, with stunning views over the Hiwera Valley to the south. This garden features old English trees, a double perennial border and a sunken brick garden, featuring different shades of green topiary and catmint.
Nerang was established in 1990 by Mark and Nicky Hobson. Situated on an elevated site, it boasts spectacular views of the Kawhatau Valley and the surrounding district. Originally a stony car park, the site was bulldozed leaving a solid papa base. Tons of topsoil were trucked in to form a lawn and garden beds. Explosives were used to blow holes for fence posts and even the odd tree! Sweeping borders of flowers and foliage provide a stunning display behind manicured box hedging. Nerang is a garden that has evolved over the decades to become the structured, easy-care garden it is today.
Note: This garden is not suitable for people with impaired mobility. It features uneven walking surfaces and steps.
The garden of Gill and Geoff Duncan. Designed by Alfred Buxton in the mid-1930's Hiwera boasts a large manicured lawn surrounded by mature trees and shrubs. A 30 metre long ha-ha allows for stock-proofing and spectacular uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. Wisteria encircles the front veranda of this century-old homestead putting on a magnificent show in early Spring. Buxus topiaries and a selection of roses provide structure and formality adjacent to the house.
After selling his property in Five Mile Bay, Taupo, renowned gardener and plantsman Gordon Collier has returned to his roots in Taihape. Last year he undertook a complete renovation of his new home and the over grown section. A few mature trees including a large walnut tree at the rear of the section assisted Gordon when he began planting in September 2020. The front garden is modern, gravel replacing lawn, while the rear is a traditional woodland style garden. Gordon has propagated many of the plants himself, including hydrangeas which grow exceptionally well in Taihapes' rich, volcanic soil.
Brook O'DOnnell took over Villa O'Riley in 2015. Fresh from completing a degree in Landscape Architecture, he quickly set about applying his new-found knowledge and skill. The entire section was levelled and a blank canvas formed. The design of the garden is formal yet fluid. Topiaries, hedges and urns feature strongly adding structure to the garden. Brook has embraced the opportunity to play with a variety of his favorite trees and shrubs including acers, roses, irises, and hydrangeas.
Waitoka is a large country garden set on 2.5 acres. It was established in 1985 by Owen and Sherie Batley with the help of Landscaper Les Rowlands. Waitoka captures stunning views of Mt Ruapehu to the north. On a really clear day, Mt Taranaki can be seen on approach. Expansive lawns are surrounded by a large variety of mature specimen trees and shrubs. Waitoka is a garden that has been carefully curated and has evolved over time. You will see plants used in large drifts and mass plantings, as well as some more intimate areas closer to the house.
Originally established by early settlers, the Studholme family in 1873, now home to Meredith and Andrew Carpenter. The large redwood and lawson cyprus on the front lawn, were brought in by bullock wagon. The macrocarpa rondel, nearby was planted around the same time and requires a biannual trim to maintain its shape.
This fabulous garden features a large pond beautifully nestled amongst Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi' and Iris pseudacorus. Enjoy meandering along the garden's newest addition - a wooden boardwalk built by local builder Chris Harris.
Meredith will be selling her luxurious, lamb’s wool blankets and throws from her garden on 7th of November 2021. For more information visit: www.ruanuistation.co.nz
The Garden of Cate and Dan McCartin. Otoroa has been in McCartin ownership for well over 100 years. During this time the house and garden have seen many changes. The garden in its present form was established by Dan's mother, Lynn McCartin approximately 70 years ago. Dan and Cate have put their own stamp on the garden removing a number of overly mature trees to open up vistas between the garden and surrounding countryside. Otoroa comes to life in spring time as a beautiful array of flowering bulbs and peonies make a lovely display.
Vicki and Lindsay Pollard's garden, Waihau was designed 40 years ago by David Irvine for previous owners, Anne and Warren Plimmer. It was originally a bare paddock featuring one Lombardy Poplar. Today it is an expansive park-like woodland garden. A large sprawling lawn complements a selection of beautiful, mature specimen trees. A variety of shrubs and perennials fill extensive garden beds to provide a myriad of colours and textures. Buxus hedging, wisteria, iceberg roses and topiary standards add a touch of formality closer to the house.