I bought the property in 1970 and took far too seriously from the previous owner a landscape gardener ( possibly the first landscape gardener in the province) that it was a 'wilderness garden'. As I was busy working as a school adviser the idea appealed.
|A' batch' in the bush - recently painted|
I had originally seen the property in 1969 but was unable to put together the money to acquire it. I decided instead to travel to England to visit some creative child-centred schools I had read about.
One reason why I want put up this post is to share the garden with a very good friend I met in 1969 and who I have kept in touch with.
|Decks reach out into the garden|
After removing some very large introduced trees and a out of control hydrangea hedge, planting smaller natives and spreading shade loving plants like hostas, plus bridges and duck-walks , the garden is now ( more or less) tamed.
|Native shrubs replace hydrangea hedge.|
|New small natives at drive entrance|
|Entrance to bush walk|
|Latest walkway - through swamp|
|Looking up to the deck - kauri trees.|
|Bridge to lower walk|
|walkway through parataniwha|
|Fern walk along stream|
|Bridge across stream|
|Back to the house.|
|Latest walk through hostas|