Monday, March 25, 2013

Gardens Open to Visit - Dursley Garden, NZ

100's of roses!

My lovely mother-in-law, Judith Callaghan, has a gorgeous country garden just up the road from where we live, at Bideford, Wairarapa, NZ. Judith has had her garden open to the public for many years now.
100 year old trees tower above the driveway - March 2013

As well as casual visitors who just arrive, Judith also hosts tour groups of visitors for lunch, morning tea, or just a wander through the garden. If you phone in advance, Judith also makes classic Devonshire Teas for individuals or groups.  This is an unpretentious 'gardeners garden', with every season of the year bringing variation to the garden.

Martagon Lilies

Perennial gardens against the homestead

Many meandering pathways though woodland areas

Click on the linking page on the right, or click on the blog heading of Dursley Garden on the 'blogs I follow' if you want to investigate further. Well worth the 20 minute trip into rural Wairarapa next  time you are out this way.
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100 year old Arbutus, with tulips

Bluebells in Spring


  1. Such a very restful garden this looks - so peaceful. I so adore twisted, twirling tree trunks like that brilliant Arbutus. It looks as if it is just made for climbing in! I bet lots of children have, over the years. Thank you for your beautiful comment this morning. x

    1. HI Virginia - you are right - this IS a gorgeous garden. Totally unpretentious, just a great place to meander or play in. That Arbutus is massive, and has seen many generations of children climbing in it. Not the tallest, but one of the widest girths of any Arbutus in NZ. Pretty special. Rxo

  2. How beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog, Rachel. I am so envious of you - as you know from Cush & Nooks, I adore colour and beautiful things, but I'm not much of a gardener. I dearly love fresh flowers in the house, so wish I had more of a green thumb :) x

    1. Hi Vic - just poke some things in the ground and see how they go! Nothing better than picking fresh flowers (except maybe veges!) to bring inside. R