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92 High Street, Blenheim
0800 627 527
This half-day tour features a new garden on our tour programme, Broomfield, the welcome return of an old favourite, Redheugh, and Figtree, which appeared for the first time last year. The tour, taking in a swathe of the plain traversed by the Ōpaoa River, shows an intriguing selection of gardens and landscapes.
Established in 2003, this spacious garden is now showing maturity, reflecting the years its creators spent farming in the Awatere Valley. An extensive sweep of lawn flanked with trees and herbaceous borders gives a tranquil atmosphere. Heritage fruit trees, selected tree varieties and the abundantly planted borders provide interest and food for discussion, while a walled vegetable garden supplies produce for the table.
On entering the driveway at Figtree Gardens you’ll see a spring-fed creek, and beyond it the entrance to a hornbeam-hedged garden featuring roses and flowering plants for year-round colour and framed by walnut and hazelnut trees. Elsewhere at Figtree you’ll find citrus and berry trees, and 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.
Christine and Phil are new to Broomfield, arriving in November 2016. Without a lot of gardening experience, their aim is to continue the many years of development and passion of the previous owners. Christine refers to herself as a ‘Google gardener’, saying she could not keep up without the online advice. Phil has found a talent for hedge trimming, and the garden’s many hedges – large, small, round, short and tall – are a significant and much loved feature. Broomfield is predominantly a spring garden, with all the usual favourites in abundance. One showpiece is the wisteria and hellebore arbour. The potager, of squares within squares, with espaliered pears, bulbs, berries and summer vegetables, is the productive garden. Broomfield brings great pleasure to its owners and they hope you will enjoy your visit.