Here’s a sample of some of the gardens we’ll be visiting.
One of the best English-style country gardens you’ll see anywhere! Generous, gracious lawns connected by magical avenues, as background to gorgeous colour themed plantings of roses, perennials and bulbs.
A restrained, very geometric garden within which hides an informal, sinuous native garden that transforms an old drainage dish into a magical water garden.
A breathtakingly vast garden of emphatically European layout, but achieved using New Zealand native plants. The grand vista is an object lesson in scale and proportion.
ROBIN KILTY’S GARDEN
A tiny city garden in which gardener and writer Robyn Kilty is very obviously having a lot of fun! Colours used in the garden appear appear on house doors and windows, so that the two are in perfect chromatic unity!
The Trott’s garden was recently handed over to a trust, but Alan Trott’s incredible vision remains. It’s hard to believe that one person can achieve such a garden in a lifetime. The herbaceous borders are outstanding, as are the knot gardens. And then there’s the woodland garden!
Moritake is a suburban garden that takes cues from Japanese gardening and frames them in entirely New Zealand native plants. One of the most successful ‘fusion’ gardens you’ll see!
A garden full of surprises, in which strong geometric, axial design makes the most of a site that is much smaller than it seems. The long vistas and immaculately hedged rooms are unforgettable, and sumptuously decorated with herbaceous planting.
Flaxmere is a garden of extraordinary scale and vision that manages to create its own world within the vast Canterbury plains, while maintaining a strong connection to the wider landscape.
A garden of formal, interconnecting vistas that leaves you gasping at the vision and sense of scale of its creator. The ocean views are spectacular, but the garden views are even better!
Other gardens include:
Created by David Hobb with the goal of creating a truly New Zealand garden. The double shrub borders are incredible, and reveal the astonishing diversity of foliage colour, foliage texture and form in the NZ flora.
Architect Mile’s Warren’s garden in a stupendous setting overlooking Lyttleton Harbour. While the garden is large, the spaces carved into this steeply sloping site is not, so there’s lots of translatable design principles at play.
FISHERMAN’S BAY GARDEN
A garden very much of it’s site, and a site like no other! The views of the coastline are epic, and the garden makes a perfect foreground. Other, more enclosed parts of the garden play with showy perennials in both traditional herbaceous border form and naturalistic settings.
Frensham is a garden of extraordinary finesse, with roses, peonies and perennials, along with choice flowering shrubs and trees in a framework that explores every spatial opportunity, from wide, gracious lawns, to narrow woodland paths, to long, climber-laden pergolas.