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  St Margarets Country Garden

Address6 Dyke Rd Karaka, go off at the Papakura off ramp and drive West for 3km to Dyke Rd on right.
RegionAuckland - South
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone09 2919163 for the garden only. Ask for Bev
Contact PersonRex & Bev Gazzard for the garden Maree for weddings.
Hoursdaily 10am-4pm
Garden Size6.5acres allow 45mins - 1.5hrs
PriceGarden admission $5 Guided tours priced by arrangement
Brochure Available?Can be mailed out.
ParkingOn and off street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableLight lunches/morning & afternoon teas by arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
PicnicsWe are offering evening picnic baskets along with garden tours through the warmer months. Check with Bev for price.
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo
Children AllowedDue to the lake, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
WeddingsYes, Ceremony/reception/photos. 2927536 ask for Maree.
Plant/Other SalesPlants for sale.
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesWe have a resturant in the garden that is run independently from St Margarets gardens


The Garden

St Margaret's Country Garden is set in picturesque country side. 30kms South of Auck. city. It drifts gently to the north where the original owners still nurture their garden of 17 years.

Large open lawns are fringed with shrubberies and perennial borders. Woodland and native trees abound. Sub Tropical plantings and a rose garden are recent additions to this spacious and gracious country garden, where a feast of foliage and flowers await the visitor.

Man made lake with backdrop of deciduous and ever green trees.

Handsome pergolas, open lawns, romantic garden paths and woodland walkways.

Bountiful bird life, blossom and perfume.

An alphabetically labeled directory corresponds with a marked map of the garden.


The Gardener

Growing up in a large garden in Invercargill Bev always loved being outdoors, spending time in the parks & staying with friends in their country gardens. 10 yrs spent in Canterbury served to strengthen her interest, instilling in her a knowledge of not only plants but those which when combined will give softness of colour & a unique planting style. St. Margaret's Country Garden began in 1991 with involvement in the first Trinity Garden Festival. Nearly 20 yrs on it is a tribute to her dedication, passion & ability to achieve a life long ambition. Over recent years Myra Shephard has shared the work load, new ideas & decisions made for the gardens future. Bevs husband Rex has been constant in his assistance with heavy work, lawn mowing & funding the garden projects. In the summer months often cooking his own meals. Bevs long term plan is to provide a spacious & gracious garden to share with friends fellow gardeners & people who love the beauty & serenity of being in a garden to unwind from the hectic pace of modern life. In private it is very much a family place for outdoor meals, games & fun with grandchildren.
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Take a shady walk around the lake
White border
Summer colur
Cottage collection
St Margarets Cafe
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