East Coast & Awatere Valley

This always popular tour features a selection of large gardens, diverse in climate and scattered amidst the background of spectacular scenery, from the rolling Pacific to the rugged Kaikoura ranges.  Included in this tour are the well-known gardens of Barewood, Winterhome and Paripuma, which have been recognised as ‘Gardens of National Significance’ by the New Zealand Garden’s Trust. Morning and afternoon teas and a delicious packed picnic lunch complete the picture.

Winterhome
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Winterhome

  • Richard & Sue Macfarlane

Winterhome features long vistas with secrets unfolding at every turn. Wonderful mass plantings, including Mediterranean-type varieties that thrive on this East Coast property. This garden is structured and planted for year-round appeal with sensational Pacific Ocean views. The garden avoids current fashion trends and has a timeless ambiance, a strong reflection of the personalities and the passion of those who tend it.

Barewood
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Barewood

  • Joe & Carolyn Ferraby

Barewood features a classic potager with brick paths framed by box and lavender dividing beds of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Oldfashioned 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.

Paripuma
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Paripuma

  • Rosa Davison

A continually evolving native garden, this once barren windswept beachfront property, purchased in 1999, was planted in several thousand ngaios to create shelter for more interesting NZ native species, the aim being to create an indigenous sanctuary for wildlife and in doing so using 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

Ha He Naca

  • Hans & Helen Van der Meulan

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, walnut and the spectacular weeping elm provide the backdrop to this particularly tranquil garden.

Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

You can nominate yourself, your neighbour, your street, your school or retirement village garden