Urban

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. This is a chance to get behind the hedges and fences and enter a private world of scent and colour. 

Moritaki

Moritaki

  • Andrea & Peter Forrest

This garden is set at the foot of the Wither Hills and features New Zealand native plants. A waterfall, stream and pond are the main features of our garden, which is designed by a Japanese friend and based on traditional Japanese principles that a garden should reflect nature. The garden is home to many birds and frogs in the summer.

Garden of Gregg & Jill Tomlinson

Garden of Gregg & Jill Tomlinson

  • Gregg & Jill Tomlinson

When our century old house was purchased over twenty years ago, we were lucky enough to inherit some beautiful trees. The garden is now well established, with trees and plants at different stages of growth. We have tried to complement the house with plantings as the garden has developed. We have beautiful hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias, roses and many other types of flora. We are continually grateful for the beauty each season brings to the property, with changing colours, shapes and fragrances.

Silvermist

Silvermist

New for 2017!
  • Michele & Phil Barrett

When we purchased Silvermist it was a formal garden with hedges, boxing, white chip paths, archways and so many plants! It was stunning, but not at all low maintenance or practical. Over twelve years much has changed but the garden retains its original appeal, including the gorgeous rose beds and two wonderful Heritage-protected trees, one a lime that in summer buzzes so loudly with bees that it’s almost deafening. Both trees are visible from the town centre and give us essential summer shade and so many autumn leaves that we maintain a love-hate relationship. There is no theme to what is now my garden. I plant what I like and what appeals in the moment. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it so wrong.  But it is a labour of love and a sanity-saver that makes for a happy mum and wife… offering wonderful rewards throughout the seasons.

Garden of Geoff & Robin Robinson

Garden of Geoff & Robin Robinson

  • Geoffrey & Robin Robinson

This garden was dictated by the hard landscaping plan prepared by Robert Watson and Tusha Midgley. The plan was detailed while the new house was still in the conceptual design stage, to ensure the final door and window placement did not compromise indoor outdoor flow. Plants were selected by the owners with assistance from their friend Carolyn Ferraby. The garden boasts a life-size statue and a fountain water feature. While some of the geometric shaping of the planting is still formative there is evidence of what will develop in two or three years’ time.

2017 Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

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