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GARDEN MARLBOROUGH CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
The crystal-clear Spring Creek flows through this picturesque region of Marlborough, carrying some of the world’s purest water as it makes its way through many of the gardens on this tour. Free-draining alluvial soil provides perfect growing conditions for these romantic and impressive country gardens.
Formerly part of Pat’s and her late husband Peter’s mixed cropping farm, these days this garden is surrounded by vineyards. Approached over a bridge that crosses a large pond, the house is now completely at home in its fully established garden. The garden, designed in 2004 by Pat and planted with the help of a friend, has matured and developed over the years it has featured in Garden Marlborough’s tour programme. With its formal courtyard, several water features and stunning views in all directions, Westgrove offers a very warm welcome.
Beautiful pin oaks lead into a large and rambling country garden that is not at all manicured, but rather designed as a peaceful area to be enjoyed by family, friends and visitors. Maturing trees and shrubs create informal woodland beds, encircling an expansive lawn. Our nearby secret garden, surrounded by hedges, is more floriferous; beyond this a large treed area gives protection and an ever-towering background. We harvest fruit almost year-round, and endeavour to keep the vege garden productive. Like most large gardens this one is constantly evolving, always keeping its owners busy!
On entering the driveway at Figtree Gardens you’ll notice a spring-fed creek, beyond it the entrance to a hornbeam-hedged garden that features roses and flowering plants for year-round colour, framed by walnut and hazelnut trees. Elsewhere at Figtree you’ll find citrus trees, and berry and vege patches. Two areas include natives given to the property many years ago by some high country farming friends, creating wonderful spaces for walking or sitting and observing. Rhododendrons, camellias, hydrangeas and many other species can also be seen, and at the rear of the property is a large and productive fig orchard. The plants here are a testament to all the gardeners who have tended Figtree Gardens over the years.