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Clever and thoughtfully designed smaller gardens are a feature of this tour. Often brimming with a profusion of luscious foliage and a myriad of spring flowers, this selection of Blenheim’s town gardens provides inspiration aplenty for gardeners wanting to exercise their creative talents on a smaller scale. Featuring two gardens not seen before at Garden Marlborough, this is a chance to get behind the hedges and fences and enter a private world of scent and colour.
This now four-year-old garden was planted by the owners around a hard landscaping plan prepared by Robert Watson and Tusha Midgley, which was detailed while the new house plan was still in the conceptual stage. This ensured that the garden complemented the final door and window placement, enhancing the indoor-outdoor flow.
The garden boasts a life-sized statue, ‘The Family’ by Alan Coleman, and a fountain water feature. The geometric shaping of the planting, which is now evident, will improve in years to come.
When Whitney was bought by Mark and Viv in 1981, the son of the original owners gave them photographs (which can be viewed on the house’s veranda) showing that in 1935 it was just a bare, half-acre paddock in the middle of town. Now, restoration of the garden grown there revolves around the original plantings and makes use of the views of the mature trees in the neighbouring school’s grounds.
The garden is planted with flowers, vegetables and fruit trees, with produce supplying the house. Plenty of birdsong gives a lovely atmosphere, and at this time of the year there are many nests in the trees and shrubs. The property is loved by the family and they make the most of the space when they are all together. Gardener Stuart has been with the family more than twenty-five years, taking over the role from his father before him.
There is a toilet available, and there will be a plant stall in the garden and craft sales in the house.
Ours is a 20-year-old garden, using solely New Zealand natives, and based around a Japanese-designed water feature incorporating a mountain, stream and ocean.
In 2016, Moira relocated from Christchurch to Blenheim to her new home in Springlands. One of the main attractions to this property was the well-established garden, which is surrounded by large mature trees. These provide structure to the garden, as well as creating a very private and peaceful environment and essential summer shade.
The garden borders are quite traditional, with roses, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and perennials, the mix of plantings giving interest whatever the season. During her time here, Moira has particularly enjoyed further developing the edible garden, which provides most of her fruit and vegetables throughout the year.