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Address128 Westenras Road Hawarden, Canterbury. Flaxmere is situated on the Lake Summer Road, ten kilometres from the local village of Hawarden in North Canterbury, just over an hour to drive from Christchurch. The garden is signposted from Hawarden.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone03 314 4504
Fax03 314 4493
Contact PersonPenny Zino
HoursOpen by appointment only.
Garden Size7 acres of ever-changing vistas & themes, Recommended visit of 2-3 Hours
PriceAdults $10.00 , Children under 12 $0.00 , Seniors $10.00
Brochure Available?Yes
Parking Buses/Coaches and cars, are able to park in the car park off the drive as indicated.
ToiletsToilets available.
Food AvailableMorning and afternoon tea and coffee, and lunches provided on request.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes there seating around the garden.
PicnicsPicnics allowed
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedYes but please supervise.
AccommodationCottage available for rent , minimum stay 2 nights
Weddings If you wish to enquire about this unique, undiscovered venue, please contact us Glen Young
Plant/Other SalesThere is a small nursery from which you are welcome to purchase plants.
Guided ToursOwner/creator available for guided tours on request at extra cost.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesArt in a Garden, an iconic event held every year in October, providing a magnificent bold backdrop for many of New Zealand's leading artists and sculptors. This event has something to delight the mind in every way. Music, art, sculpture, pottery, photography, and all in such a beautiful setting.

Art in a Garden website to click onto

The Garden is also available for conferences, and special events.

Short detour en route to Hanmer Springs from Christchurch.
Short detour en route to Kaikoura via the Inland or Leader Roads.


The Garden

Flaxmere Garden has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust. It is a garden for all seasons, and has been sculptured from very simple beginnings since 1966 . A spring fed creek inspired a vision that has lead to dreams being fulfilled.

At 300 meters above sea level, close to the Southern Alps situated on terraced riverbed country, hot dry summers, cold winters and strong seasonal North West winds are normal.

This is a large country garden, based on the principles of strong design, which is completely in tune with the river bed country the garden is part of. The point of difference, are vistas that have been described as art forms. Immense use of water, creating a series of five ponds, gives a sense of enormous peace, and ensures wonderful bird life. Heavy old bridge timbers have been used and stone walls have been built over the years which add to the country style. This is a garden that has most things, formal, informal, woodland, natives, roses, rhododendrons and water. There is a large section of native plants indigenous to this area which is creating great interest

The Gardener

Flaxmere is the creation of Penny Zino, who simply loves living amongst her trees and plants. The joy of every day is reflected in her passion for gardening and dreaming up the next project! She loves seeing people who share the same interest.
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Main View at Flaxmere
Malus Ionensis Plena walk
The hump bridge. Autumn
Middle pond
Fire Dance by Grant Palliser, has been displayed in the Oct ''Art in a Garden'' festival.
Pool area
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