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Bordered on one side by the Richmond Ranges and on the other by the Wither Hills, the Wairau plain is the primary grape-growing area of Marlborough. On this tour you’ll see a range of garden styles, and an equally diverse selection of creative and inspiring gardens, often surrounded by vineyards growing Marlborough’s best-known grape varieties.
The garden at Longfield has grown considerably over the past few years and now covers an area of 1.5 acres. A trip to Italy was the inspiration behind the very formal garden, with its statues, fountains and formal hedging. Brick walls and hornbeam hedges have created many rooms within the garden, and old fashioned roses, citrus, lavender and olives all feature in different areas. The Corinthian columns within a circular hedge were inspired by Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, and the recent addition of an English orangery, opening out into a bricked courtyard, has created the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Marlborough wine.
With its Omaka River backdrop, Richmond Ranges panorama and surrounding vineyards, together with the need to battle fierce westerly gales and dry clay soils, the Watershed garden has evolved in its unique environment since 1999. Its formal and informal hedges shelter and define a number of linked garden areas encircling the house. With climbing plants, herbaceous borders and semi-woodlands of exotics and natives, the Watershed is a country family garden created mostly on a shoestring, with many seedling-grown and self-propagating species providing year-round interest. Whether your interest is in a garden for entertaining, playing games, for growing produce, exploring, or just quietly contemplating, the Watershed garden has something for everyone.
Situated in the middle of a vineyard and using the vines as its boundaries, this garden has been developed over the past eight years. This restful space with trees, hedges, and a courtyard and pool area, has been developed with easy care and low maintenance in mind. From Myersdale tour-goers will take a short walk through the vineyard to the next garden on the tour, Pat Jones’s Westgrove.
Upton Oaks is a romantic country garden, developed around a 1911 Victorian villa. Formal hedging and brick walls define and separate the different garden rooms. From the much-photographed knot garden and into the abundant herbaceous borders, you can wander through the rustic olive grove leading to the gazebo gardens. These complement the restored colonial guest cottage, Laurella, named after our daughters.
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 crossing 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.