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  Stuarts Garden

Address32 Warren Street, Wanaka. Post code 9305 Wanaka. From Cromwell township, take SH 89 to Wanaka township. Turn left into Helwick St. Continue past Warren St. Stuarts Wanaka Garden entrance on left.
RegionCentral Otago
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Contact Person Pat and Keith Stuart
HoursBy arrangement only.
Garden Size1 acre allow 1-2 hours.
Price$6 per person, no entrance fee if you purchase plants from our nursery.
Brochure Available?Yes along with a full map of directions to get here.
ParkingOn street for buses and cars. We have off street parking for 3 cars.
ToiletsYes -2
Food AvailableMorning/afternoon teas by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingPlenty of outdoor seating available.
Wheelchair AccessYes the grounds are wheel chair friendly.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please
Children AllowedYes but please supervise at all time as we have a swift creek.
AccommodationNo we don’t but we are happy to recommend accommodation in the area.
WeddingsYes photos only by arrangement.
Plant/Other SalesWe specialise in unusual alpines and perennials.
Guided ToursYes we are happy to show our visitors around the garden.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesNursery on site: specialists in rare & unusual plants; seed available from many specialist plants grown in garden.

The Heather Garden 321 Beacon Point Road, Wanaka
is 5 minutes away from us.


The Garden

In 1985, the Stuart's converted an acre of peat bog into garden, diverting springs to form streams meandering through a series of waterfalls into Bullock Creek. The creek-banks have been landscaped with blossom trees, cornus, maples, gunneras, rodgersias and peltiphyllum. Drifts of phlox, Japanese irises, astilbes and azaleas tumble over rocks, which also edge the clear water, enhancing the plantings of hostas and primulas. Bridges cross the water-ways to paths edged with purple violas, leading past red native astelia and peonies canopied by dogwoods, parrotia and maples.

Early spring features a collection of hellebores with carpets of H. ‘White Magic’ and many new hybrids. These are followed by primulas, meconopsis, alpines and bulbs. A woodland path leads to an azalea bed with bright-coloured companion plants. Further spring highlights include groups of rhododendrons, camellias, and enkianthus under planted with trilliums, wood anemones, primroses and primula auricula. Summer and autumn feature herbaceous gardens and a rose bed punctuated by schist rock columns. Maples, stuartia, cornus and other deciduous trees display brilliant autumn colour. The New Zealand cedar gazebo provides a lake view against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

The Gardener

Keith and Pat have both had formal horticulture training, starting as teenagers in Botanic gardens, Keith in Dunedin, and Pat in Christchurch. Pat went on to gain a National Diploma in Horticulture (Hon's). In 1999 she was awarded an Associate of Honour from the RNZIH. After leaving the Botanic Gardens, Keith started Stuart Bro's Nursery in Clinton. When Keith and Pat left Clinton to manage the family farm at Waipahi, they started a small nursery growing perennials, and exporting hellebores. The hellebore nursery has been handed on to daughter Kate and son-in-law Ken Telford. The Stuart's now have a nursery in Wanaka growing special perennials and alpines. Every year some part of the garden is revamped as soon as plants get beyond their use by date, or where a planting scheme could be improved.
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Astelia Alpine Ruby by stream
Looking up another stream
Trillium chloropetalum yellow
A pond in the autumn
Watering is not a problem for these plants.
Autumn gentian in garden
Paeonia suffruticosa Flora Plena
If you love water, this is a garden to visit.
Clematis by shade house
Helleborus Moonshine in garden
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