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Willow Cotage, 20A Hamilton Rd, Surfdale.
New exhibitor. Barry Danby and Stuart Jobling
The garden surrounds a 1940s cotage with diferent areas divided
by raised walkways, pergolas, and an Oriental style summer house
overlooking the stream which is lined with papyrus like a mini
Nile with resident eels and ducks. There is a combinaton of sub-
tropical, cotage garden and natve plants. Although the garden
is only a year old, due to the sheltered situaton there has been
great progress in growth. Most of the work has been done by the
owners over the last 12 months. A feature freplace, which could
have come out of the original cotage, now sports tles from the
Stefano's pizzeria when Suzie Stefano ran it as a tle shop. A visitor
has described the garden as "organised chaos", which is just as it
"Te Tieremara", The Scented Garden
39 Ocean Rd, Surfdale. Eleanor and Graham Ashby
Winner of the coveted garden safari "people's choice award" in
2009, this garden has been a labour of love for the owners for
nearly seven years. Using large amounts of seaweed, compost and
mulch they have transformed a sloping underdeveloped secton
of gorse, pampas and privet into what you see today -- a garden of
colour, fragrance and edibles. Eleanor has always been passionate
about roses and has successfully exhibited award winning blooms.
She has been a natonal rose judge and stll belongs to the Waikato
Rose Society. The Ashbys are happy to share with you what is
possible on a smaller secton -- an abundance of roses, shrubs,
succulents, perennials, annuals, vegetables and fruit trees.
A gardener's garden.
190 Nick Johnstone Drive, Matata
Graham and Jackie Guthrie
This four-acre coastal garden boasts spectacular views over the
gulf and some large, old pohutukawa trees. Ted Smyth designed
the garden which includes an olive grove. There is an extensive
collecton of palms, aloes, cycads and bromeliads. Grass trees
from Australia are of special interest in the courtyard which
has a water feature and a pond linked to the lap pool on the
seaward side of the house. At one end of the garden there is a
group of cork trees. There are several pieces of sculpture to
view at this garden. Jackie Guthrie paints semi-abstract
canvases in oil and these will be available for sale with
25 percent commission going to Jassy Dean Trust.
Refreshments will be available at this garden.
Waimarama -- New exhibitor
52 Korora Rd, Oneroa
This is a steep, rugged north facing peninsular property to the west of Oneroa.
This garden is a work in progress and has stunning views ending with a walking
track peninsula that extends to a fne point into the Hauraki Gulf. Farmed untl
about 20 years ago, when it was sub-divided into an approximately ten-acre
block, the house and frst round of plantng is about 17 years old. A network
of paths winds throughout the property with the signifcant development of
path work done about seven to eight years ago. The garden has access to two
beaches, and an olive grove is on the north side. The owners are contnuing
to plant more natves. Their most signifcant challenge is erosion and land
stability. Refreshments will be available at this garden.
Note: A shutle bus will transport guests from the street up to this garden. Good
walking shoes/stcks are recommended. Plan on spending between one and two hours
in this garden.
56 Korora Rd, Oneroa
Barry and Meg Fenton
Twin Bays is a three-hectare
coastal property situated
on 'W' Bay. From the rustc
entrance, the drive weaves
through a vineyard edged
with massed plantngs of
rosemary and agapanthus,
past a small pond with
resident ducks and on
through a stand of pine trees. The house sits on a headland ofering commanding
views of the Hauraki Gulf. The promontory is fringed with pohutukawa and the
gardens surround a sweeping lawn. There is an eclectcmixofnatves and exotc
fowering varietes. Australian banksias mingle with proteas, leucodendrums and
leucospermum along with cannas, day lilies, and a plethora of bulbs in spring.
Sculpture is sited aesthetcally throughout the garden. Visitors can park along the
drive, a short walk from the garden. Limited parking available for elderly and disabled
near the house.
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary,
5A Coromandel Rd -- New exhibitor
Alan Smith -- head gardener
Nestled into a north facing hillside
regeneratng natve bush of McKenzie
Reserve, this one acre garden has
been a work in progress over the last
eight years. Beautful ornamental
gardens are intermingled with food
producing areas with features like
permaculture gardens and fruit trees
under-planted with herbal leys and mass foral displays. The produce gardens are managed by
Jenni Kent, who also brings her interest in heirloom varietes and organic companion plantng
to the garden. The whole garden is maintained organically and large quanttes of homemade
liquid fertlisers are brewed on site. A solar powered watering system with water sourced from
the steep driveway is then gravity fed around the property, which helps maintain this sheltered
garden through the hot dry summers. From lush tropical plantngs to camellias, vireyas
and much more, this is a wonderful place to explore or also just sit and enjoy the tranquil
yellow brick road...
The following gardens are in no partcular
order. As it's a self-drive safari, you can
visit them back to front, front to back, or
even upside down! Enjoy these 12 beautful
gardens by suburb or simply stck a pin in
the following pages of garden descriptons
to fnd your next oasis.
Photos: Mark Robinson
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