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92 High Street, Blenheim
0800 627 527
Thursday 7 Nov 8.30am – 5.00pm $145
Friday 8 Nov 8.30am – 5.00pm $145
Saturday 9 Nov 8.30am – 5.00pm $145
Morning/Afternoon Tea Provided
This always popular tour features a selection of large gardens, diverse in climate but all framed by spectacular scenery, from the rolling Pacific to the rugged Kaikoura ranges. The tour includes the well-known gardens of Winterhome and Paripuma, each recognised as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust, and Barewood, which holds the Trust’s coveted ‘Garden of International Significance’ status. Morning and afternoon teas and a delicious packed picnic lunch complete the experience.
A large-scale garden incorporating nearly ten acres of formal design and a wealth of atmospheric vistas and settings nestled away above the rugged Marlborough coastline. Winterhome Garden provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy and explore world class garden design using strong lines, intersecting axes, and a variety of flora species. With mass plantings, sensational Pacific Ocean views and year-round appeal, the garden exhibits a timeless presence and celebrates the incredible vision of its founders.
One of the select group of gardens awarded six stars by the New Zealand Gardens Trust, Barewood features a classic potager with brick paths framed by box and lavender dividing beds of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Old-fashioned apples and pears are espaliered on iron arches. The garden was planted to complement the century-old homestead with rambling roses encircling the veranda, and clambering over brick walls. Plant connoisseurs will find much to inspire them.
A continually evolving native garden, this once barren and windswept beachfront property, purchased in 1999, was planted in several thousand ngaios to create shelter for other interesting NZ native species. The aim was to create an indigenous sanctuary for wildlife and to use native plants in a formal manner. The result is five hectares of an increasingly diverse range of plants surrounding a strong central vista across Cloudy Bay to Port Underwood. In 2011 this garden was awarded the Marlborough Environmental Landscape award.
Ha He Naca lies nestled amongst the grapes of the Awatere Valley. Established conifer hedges and an orchard surround this traditional garden filled with roses, hydrangeas, peonies, French lavender, hellebores and camellias. Mature trees such as huge Californian redwoods, walnuts and spectacular weeping elms provide the backdrop to this particularly tranquil garden.