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  Daysh House Garden

Address393 Chester Road Carterton RD1, Drive north of Carterton on SH2. Turn left into Chester Road at Clareville. The property is on the left-hand side 4 kms along Chester Road (1.6 kms beyond Awaiti Gardens).
RegionWairarapa Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone Tel. (06) 379 5690
FaxFax. (06) 379 5695
Contact Person Bill Edginton & Gary Morris
Hours Open September to April 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Prior booking is requested for large groups.
Garden Size2 hectares of deciduous and native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Allow 1-2 hours for the visit.
Price$6 per person. Children accompanied by parents free.
Brochure Available?Yes.
ParkingOff street parking for buses and cars. We welcome both small and large groups. Large buses can turn at the top of our drive.
Food AvailableTea/coffee by arrangement. Some groups choose to make arrangements with cafes in Carterton or Clareville.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
PicnicsSome groups e.g. Probus and garden groups bring morning or afternoon tea/coffee with them. We are happy to provide hot water and the use of our patio.
Wheelchair AccessOur garden is generally flat so it is possible to use a wheel chair. There is a slight rise to the promenade around one end and far side of the lake, but there are good views from the near side which is flat. There are steps to the lower levels of the area planted with native trees and shrubs.
Dogs AllowedNo
Children AllowedPlease supervise at all times as we have a lake and also a small pond.
AccommodationNo. There is plenty of local accommodation.
WeddingsThe garden is available as a venue for weddings, civil unions and other events. There is a large lawn suitable for a marquee. The venue may be viewed by appointment. Please see the Daysh House website for information on local hireage and catering.
Plant/Other SalesWe have plants for sale from our own collections. Perennials for sale $4 each.
Guided ToursIf you would like a guided tour it is best to phone ahead. However, you may also walk around independently. There is a printed guide for you to follow if you wish.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesIf you are travelling from Wellington to Carterton by train
( see ),
you can arrange for Carterton Shuttles to meet you at the Carterton Railway Station and bring you out to Daysh House Garden. Phone Gary Jonas (06) 379 5303 to book and go. Gary can take up to 7 passengers.

If you are travelling to the Wairarapa from Auckland by air, phone Graeme Jones Car Rentals in Masterton 06-378-6667 or go on-line to: for a rental car.


The Garden

The garden features: a lake with bank plantings; parkland with deciduous and evergreen trees; perennial beds; a rose garden; a rockery; shrubberies; a shade garden; and New Zealand native trees and shrubs. The property was originally a dairy farm. Most of the land has now been incorporated into a neighboring farm, leaving two hectares. The house was built in the 1860s, with an addition in 1900. It was occupied for most of its history by the Daysh family, after whom the property has now been named. The present owners, Bill Edginton and Gary Morris, bought the property in 1997 from Terry and Michelle Falleni who had carried out extensive renovations to the house. The lake and garden have been developed by Bill and Gary

The Gardener

Bill and Gary have lived in the Wairarapa since 1997, after working lives in Wellington. Bill was in the Ministry of Education and Gary in Data Bank Systems Ltd. Their garden in Wellington won the First National Ltd and Williams Garden Place Best Garden Competition. Bill’s great grandfather and grandfather were both nurserymen. Gary is an examiner emeritus of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society and pursues this interest as President of the Carterton Scottish Country Dancing Club. Bill has chaired SeniorNet Wairarapa and is the Carterton representative on the Board of Destination Wairarapa.
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Duck family on the lake
Iris Sibirica and yellow Primula
Jerusalem Sage
View to the house from perennial beds
Lewisia Little Peach
Red Primula by the lake
Penelope Rose
Perennial beds
Darmeria Peltatum by the lake
Wellington Regional Rhododendron Group visitors
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