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  Cairnhill

Address1054 Forgotten World Highway SH 43, East of Stratford it is well signposted. A garden sign is at the gate.
RegionTaranaki
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone06 762 2847
Fax06 762 2847
Contact PersonJune Lees
Website No
Hours9 am till PM, 21 Oct till end of April. Other wise by appointment
Garden SizeMedium size private garden with capacity for large (20+) group sizes. Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Price$4 per person
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOff and on street parking for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes.
Food AvailableRefreshments are available by prior arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingSeating Available
PicnicsYes
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please, as we have stock near by.
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationWe operate a B&B and dinner arrangements can be made
WeddingsBy arrangement.
Plant/Other SalesPlant Sales Ophinopogon Japonica, Ophinopogon Japonica Nana Ophinopogon Planiscarpus Black Dragon, Hostas (plenty of variety all named.) Heauchera and other perennials from the garden.
Guided ToursWe are happy to show visitors around the garden. Please ask for price.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesCairnhill is a 20 minute drive to the beautiful MT Egmont.
The newly opened Rotokare Bird Sanctuary and Lake is a short drive from our farm.
Mangamingi has a dog trialing ground and competitions are held there annually 30 minutes from here.
Trout Rivers all flow from the mountain and fishing is popular with some.

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The Garden

A long sealed driveway planted with hosta in the shade and iris and peonies in the sunny areas. Handsome Rhododendrons of all ages and sizes are on show throughout the garden.
Egmont stone and matching pavers planted with mondo grass sets off an area that serves as a petanque court. Red Berberis and ‘Little Bo Peep’ roses edge some of the gardens.
A great vegetable garden is planted each year and tended by both. The Rasberries have become Colins
hobby. The fruit trees are Junes department and the Feijoas are Colins after the cows have dried off.

The Gardener

June and Colin have lived here all their married life, romantically planted rhododendron each year to mark their anniversary. Hence rhodos of all ages are in the garden. Bark gardens became a neccessity when those mowing the lawns defaulted because there were too many trees to mow around. This area subsequently became the favourite hosta patch, and these hostas give a feeling of peace in the garden. Where this looked bare in the winter hellebores have been planted. So you get the feel how this gardened e-volved. Now our three sons' have moved on Colin mows the lawns once again and does other jobs as June requests.
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Hostas in the shade.
Spring colour
Albertii towering over Lobelia Abricadarica.
Looking past the bird bath to the petanque garden.
Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Dogwood, Wedding cake tree) This rounded, deciduous tree with spreading, tiered branches is especially dramatic in the landscape. Its branches stand out in winter while the leaves, edged in a bold creamy white, add superb color and texture to the garden. In early summer, single white flowers are borne in large, flattened clusters up to 7 inches across. Blue-black fruit follows in autumn, attracting birds.
Entrance thru to the stock paddock.
Our Bed and Breakfast
In the winter of 2010 we opened up another area, something I said I would never do.
" Bauera Rubioides Fairy Pink" putting on a great display under the birdbath.
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