Wairau

Bordered on one side by the Richmond Ranges and on the other by the Wither Hills, the Wairau Plains 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.

Old Bankhouse

Old Bankhouse

  • Geraldine Shield

The rambling garden at Bankhouse has evolved over more than three decades. At its lower level, deciduous trees give filtered shade for rhododendrons and woodland and bog plants. Climatically different, the upper level of the garden is planted with roses, perennials and a variety of dry garden plants. This is a garden cherished by a true plantswoman; a delight to meander around at leisure to discover some hidden botanical gems.

Garden of Harry & Jean Griffiths

Garden of Harry & Jean Griffiths

  • Harry & Jean Griffiths

Transformed from three acres of bare hill, this garden has been established to provide colour all year: from roses, perennials, winter roses and camellias. Liquidambars and viburnums ensure radiant autumn tones complemented by the surrounding vineyards. The cypress hedge pruned back to the trunk gives a living fence effect. Redesigning of some of the garden adds new interest, including incorporating stone and other elements to provide contrast. The fruit from 250 olive trees is harvested each year, and olive oil will be available for sale.

Eversley

Eversley

  • Patrick Rattray

The Eversley garden is essentially a planned garden, rather than one that has been extended over time. About thirty years ago the late Jane Taylor drew a plan for trees that provide a framework and which are now mature. At that time there was no certainty that building on the site would ever be possible. Fifteen years ago, levels were created, hedges were planted to enclose separate areas of the garden and a formal, enclosed rose garden was established. The aim was to create a series of “garden rooms” in the Edwardian fashion as espoused by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. One space cannot be seen from another, the idea being to “maintain the element of surprise”.

Talamhmaith

Talamhmaith

  • Ian & Viv Bond

Talamhmaith means “good earth”. The garden combines Vivienne and Ian’s love of New Zealand natives, with the meandering creek, expansive views to the Richmond Ranges, and a hobby vineyard. The emphasis is on simplicity and low maintenance by utilising multiple plantings of native grasses, flaxes and lilies. Oaks, an olive grove and a hedged vegetable garden all add interest and diversity. There are pathways and stream crossings that will lead you on a tour through this restful garden.

Upton Oaks
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Upton Oaks

  • Sue & Dave Monahan

Upton Oaks is a romantic country garden, developed around the 1911 Victorian villa. Formal hedging and brick walls define and separate the different garden rooms. From the much photographed knot garden to the abundant borders, you can wander through the olive grove to our productive gardens. View the newly designed gardens around the relocated and restored colonial cottage – Laurella, named after our daughters – showcasing what can be achieved in a smaller space.

2017 Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

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