Fall Color at Dawn Gardens

Since I was in New Zealand for the Dawn Gardens open gardens on November 12, I thought that I might miss most of the fall colors this year. But the following photos and videos show the fall color was still good November 18 – 25. Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Purpureus’) Perennial garden video: Camperdown…

Gardens of New Zealand

This is a summary of my 4 week tour to see New Zealand gardens. I will list all the gardens visited with a picture or two each and the date it was posted on this blog. This is a big job and will not be completed until the middle of December. NORTH ISLAND Whangarei: (Posted…

Queenstown

On our last day of the New Zealand garden tour we saw the Chanticler Garden and A Wild Dream Garden. We drove along Lake Wakatipu and then I rode the Gondola to the top to get sweeping views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. CHANTICLER GARDEN This garden is about 12 acres on a 40 acre…

Milford Sound, Queenstown

No gardens were viewed today but we had a beautiful cruise on Milford Sound. There was a 2 hour drive with many scenic stops before we got on the ship. FARMLAND VIEWS Red Tussock Grass (Carex sp. ) Some brown grasses for the garden: Carex testacea, Carex buchananii, Carex flagellifera, Carex secta. These are Russell…

Te Anau

Today we drove from Dunedin to Te Anau stopping at Wylde Willow Garden and Maple Glen. SCENERY ON THE WAY Highway landscaping Planting of Monterey Pines for lumber. The sign was installed in 1992 when Clinton and Gore were elected in the U. S. The sign reads “Presidential Highway “ Clinton was the name of…

Dunedin and Otago Peninsula

We began the day by visiting the Olveston House in Dunedin. Then we went to the Larnach Castle to eat lunch and tour the garden with beautiful views of Dunedin Bay. At the end of the day we had a guided tour of the Albatross Colony. OLVESTON HOUSE The house and its furnishings, history and…

Dunedin

Today was spent traveling from Oamaru to Dunedin with 4 kkstops along the way – Old Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders, Fleur’s Place for lunch and Dunedin Botanical Garden. OLD OAMARU We stopped in Old Oamaru to look at an old steam train and old buildings of the last century: These buildings were made from the limestone…

Oamaru

Today we leave Christchurch and visit 2 gardens on the way to Oamaru – Broadfield Gardens and Trotts Garden. BROADFIELD GARDENS The owner, David Hobbs, talked with us for a minute about the garden. It is about 7 acres and is maintained by him and 2 helpers for a total of 80 hours a week:…

Akaroa Gardens

We saw 3 unusual and amazing gardens today – Garden at French Farm, The Giant’s House and Fisherman’s Bay Garden. GARDEN AT FRENCH FARM (OHINETAHI GARDEN) This garden is about 6 acres on a beautiful piece of land right next to Governors Bay in Allendale, NZ. It is maintained by 2 gardeners with occasional other…

Flaxmere Garden

Today we visited one great garden called Flaxmere. In the afternoon I visited the Christchurch Botanical Garden. FLAXMERE The owner, Penny Zion, explains the history of the garden: The garden is about 7 acres on a huge farm which she owns. She does all the maintenance with a couple of helpers. Everywhere in the garden…