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  Pepped Warbeck Garden

Address654 Ohariu Valley Road, Johnsonville, Wellington. We are in the Ohariu Valley. We are 6.6 kms from Johnsonville and 20 minutes by car from the centre of Wellington. We are 15.3 kms from Otari, Wilton.
RegionWellington Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone04 478 7586
Fax04 478 7586
Contact PersonPhillida Weaver
HoursOpen to the public from October to April. Visits by appointment only.
Garden Size4 acres, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
PriceAdults $8.00, Children under 10 years $0.00, Seniors $8.00.
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOff street for buses and cars.
Food AvailableLunches ,morning/afternoon teas available, by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingSeating Available.
PicnicsYes please feel free to bring your own picnic.
Wheelchair AccessLimited.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedChildren welcome but must be under strict supervision at all times..
WeddingsBy Arrangement only.
Plant/Other SalesPlants are available for sale.
Guided ToursYes on request
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesOtari - Wilton/s Bush Botanic Garden*
*(This is by far the best native plants garden in New Zealand; entrance is free).

Wellington aims to be a fully inclusive and accessible city. Below is a list of attractions and tours that allow you to experience Wellington and the outdoor without having to worry about access.

City Gallery
Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences
Karori Sanctuary
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
Wellington Zoo
Zest Food Tours


The Garden

Situated in the picturesque Ohariu Valley, Pepped Warbeck is set amongst glorious views of rolling farmland. The garden was started in 1976 and remodelled in 2007, after an architecturally designed house, which contains interesting design features to maximise solar passive heating, had been built on a hill overlooking the original bog garden. The new garden has been created to complement the new house and bog garden. It consists of a majestic entrance and long curving drive, planted with Marlborough daisies and many different native trees and shrubs. Extensive lawns sweep down to the re-modelled bog garden, which features five adjoining ponds planted with primulas, bog irises, hostas and gunnera.

A steep bank on the far side of the bog garden is planted with many specimen trees and shrubs including hydrangeas and rhododendron. In spring, bulbs, renga renga lilies, myosotidium hortensis and primulas are followed by clematis, roses and summer perennials. Japanese anemones and many deciduous trees provide autumn colour.

The Gardener

Fee and David specialise not only in garden visits but also in providing delicious home cooking using their own produce. Fee has been gardening in the Ohariu Valley for 34 years, building up the garden from a bare paddock. She is a full time gardener, who specialises in unusual plants and enjoys sharing her garden with others.
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Our home has been built on a hill overlooking the original bog garden.
Summer house
Bridge to main pond
Bottom pond. Astilbes are long-blooming plume-like flowers in shades of white, pink and red, held above airy foliage.
Foliage plants. Gunnera is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants, some of them gigantic
View from weir to top pond
Bog irises and hostas. Iris are water plants that grow very well in water or in regular soil. As a bog plant they add color to any pond or stream and help prevent erosion.
Top pond with summer house
New steps down to bog garden
Stream with bog plants
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