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  Cedar Park Gardens and B&B

Address"Cedar Park," 101B Lowes Rd, Rolleston.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone(+64) 03 34 77 605 Mobile: (+64) 027 43 65 156
Contact PersonRon and Anne Finch
HoursOpen by prior arrangement
Garden Size1 1/2 acres, allow 1 hour for your visit.
Price$5 per person
Brochure Available?Yes
ParkingYes, off street parking for buses,coaches and cars.
Food AvailableYes, morning /afternoon tea, finger lunches by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo
Children AllowedYes, but must be in adult care, as we have a small pond.
AccommodationWe provide quality accommodation in our comfortable modern home which is located 2km off the Main South Rd. Our home is situated at the end of a private lane with secure parking at the door of the guest room. Ground floor, no stairs to climb, check web site for more details.
WeddingsA beautiful setting for weddings. The gazebo has had it's first wedding, and there are many opportunities for delightful photo shots in the different areas.
Plant/Other SalesYes; also small selection of mainly handcrafted gifts and cards, and seasonal produce for sale.
Guided ToursYes, if visitors would like that.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesOptional Extras

Evening dinner with hosts (prior booking required)
Packed lunches provided if requested.
Small selection of gifts or homemade produce for sale, along with a good selection of plants.
Complimentary transport to and from airport by arrangement.

Only 2 km from Cedar Park Gardens is the Rolleston Railway Station, where you can catch the TranzAlpine Scenic Train for a breathtaking trip through the Southern Alps to the West Coast. Complimentary drop off and pickup from the Rolleston Railway Station.

In our locality: Wineries, golf courses and interesting day trips e.g. Banks Peninsula Akaroa - 1 hours very scenic drive. MT. Hutt Ski field within 1 1/4 hours drive.

We are 30 mins from the Trott Garden in Ashburton


The Garden

Cedar Park Gardens are set in 1 1/2 acres of trees perennials, shrubs and bulbs in a secluded prize winning garden setting. Our garden was started when we moved here in 2000. We were fortunate to be able to bring many "pieces" from our previous garden, along with hundreds of potted cuttings, and plants growing on. Ron marked out "his" little patch, which is now a lovely stand of varied native "bush". Originally wind was a major problem, with hundreds of metres of windbreak cloth protecting plants and individual trees. This paid off, and we now have good shelter. In spring we have 100's of bulbs, and cherry trees, summer has it's own beauty with plenty of colourful perennials, roses, and now shady trees, and autumn colours are spectacular. Our potager provides more than enough vegetables for ourselves and our guests. So many areas to enjoy - lunch in the gazebo, a quiet rock on the swing seat, a wine under the umbrella, or simply sit and enjoy the views.

The Gardener

Both Anne and Ron have a love of the outdoors, and like space around them, hence the 1 1/2 acres of gardens!! Anne is the passionate gardener; Ron's invaluable contribution lies in maintaining equipment & tools,mowing lawns, and constructing whatever plan Anne has dreamed up next! - but pull a weed - never!! The garden is a garden of memories for Anne (as her Nana would have called it), as many pieces have been swapped with friends and family. Anne and Ron gain much pleasure from sharing their garden with others. They both enjoy sailing a Sunburst, camping, and more recently, have taken up mountain biking. Ron, being an avid photographer, spends many hours photographing the garden and individual flowers.
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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia.
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
Convolvulus are annual or perennial herbaceous vines, bines and (a few species) woody shrubs, growing to 0.3-3 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, and the flowers trumpet-shaped, mostly white or pink, but blue, violet, purple or yellow in some species.
The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and victory in pre-Christian times. The Romans rewarded champions of the games and celebrated military successes with palm branches.
Blossoms are either pink or white depending on the species or variety. Nectarine blossoms, peach blossoms, most cherry blossoms, and some almond blossoms are usually pink. Plum blossoms, apple blossoms, some cherry blossoms, and most almond blossoms are white.
There are about 100–110 species of Fuchsia. The great majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also several from New Zealand
If you're looking for a fragrant plant to tuck into a shady nook, look no further. Nicotiana, also known as flowering tobacco, gives off a sweet smell in the evening, making it the perfect plant to plant by a porch, deck, patio or any other place you're likely to linger in the evenings. This annual (grows just one year)
Espalier is an ancient form of gardening where fruit and flowering trees are trained into pleasing symmetry in a flat plane, which we do to save space.
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