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  The Heather Garden

Address321 Beacon Point Road, Wanaka 9305
RegionCentral Otago
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone03 4437665
Contact PersonMadge Snow.
Hours10am/4pm September/April
Garden Size2 acres - plus
Price$5 per person. Honesty tin on the driveway
Brochure Available?No
ParkingYes, on the empty section opposite the garden; we bought the one acre to protect our view overlooking Lake Wanaka & the Treble Cone Ski field.
Food AvailableBy arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes, lots of seats
Wheelchair AccessYes, if you drive into the courtyard.
Dogs AllowedPlease, no dogs.
Children AllowedYes
AccommodationA fully furnished cottage available at certain times. $100 a night. $120 a day from January, 2012
Plant/Other SalesA few surplus plants/bulbs
Guided ToursAvailable for large groups
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesCombine a tour with Pat Stuart's garden in Warren Street; we are just 5 km away, heading towards Penrith. Wonderful mountain vistas overlooking the lake towards the Treble Cone ski field.


The Garden

The first plantings were mainly heathers but now it's a garden of all seasons with something of interest for everyone. Lots of clematis & hostas, but my main love is deciduous trees & there are lots of Maples & Dogwoods which are breathtaking in April. Ten years ago we bought another two acres behind us which is not really a garden, but planted out with dozens of rhododendrons & camellias. There are two houses on the property which is confusing; where the road forks, people think they're trespassing but it leads to our cottage. There are dozens of old concrete washtubs round the south side of the main house & also the top garage which are filled with dwarf bulbs. Look out for the decorated plates with garden inscriptions, a family tree, and a collection of blue and white china collected on overseas trips. We have a big problem with rabbits. Enjoy !

The Gardener

For 30 years, my husband and I farmed in the Lindis Pass at 'Morven Hills'. A beautiful part of NZ. but hot dry conditions and a low rainfall made gardening difficult. I grew mainly irises. I had them everywhere ! Here I grow very few. The heather garden was started from scratch in 1988. Everything you see has been planted since then. When we left the farm my husband said, 'you buy and pay for the plants, and I will dig the holes'. It was a bargain ! He was a big part in getting the garden established. Sadly, he died in 2008. Most things are named in the garden.
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Part of the driveway leading to the courtyard. From left to right, Liquidamber 'Moonbeam', Acer Griseum (in middle front) & Acer Atropurpureum, end of April.
The heathers love Winter conditions.
Rhododendrons 'Nancy Evans' & 'Creamy Chiffon' with weeping maple in the middle. October.
Acer palmatum in Autumn
The same scene in July. Same tree, same lamp.
A corner of rhododendrons & azaleas.
Springtime. Flowering cherries in the distance.
Hostas Gold Standard & Big Daddy
Selection of maples in autumn, overlooking Mt.Roy.
Roadside heather bed.
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