Rural Attractions to Visit
Home Garden Search Add your Garden Garden Map News Links Contact
<< View all Gardens.

  Upton Oaks Garden

Address33 Hammerichs Road Blenheim
RegionMarlborough Region
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone03 579 3316
Fax03 579 3312
Contact PersonSue Monahan
HoursBy arrangement, please phone first.
Garden SizeWe are a small to medium garden, allow 1 hour for your visit.
PriceAdults $10.00 , Children $0
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOn street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Food AvailableMorning and afternoon teas available by arrangement.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingMany seats throughout garden
PicnicsOnly by prior arrangement
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo thank you.
Children AllowedYes children are welcome but please supervise due to ponds
AccommodationWe are happy to recommend local accommodation.
WeddingsFor romantic, intimate wedding services please email or Ph 03 579 3316. "A private, peaceful garden making for a truly memorable location for your special day". Photo opportunities abound.
Plant/Other SalesProduct sales available, NZ made furniture.
Guided ToursYes happy to show visitors through the gardens
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesWe also run our home based business Upton Oaks Furniture, a small New Zealand owned and operated company with a client base stretching the length and breadth of the country.

Twenty years on, Upton Oaks employs a small team of artisan craftspeople and Dave and Sue manage what has become one of New Zealand’s leading Handcrafted Furniture makers. Upton Oaks furniture can now be found in selected “up market” furniture stores throughout the country and consequently graces the floors of many stylish homes, lodges and business’s of the discerning.

Go to our website for details


The Garden

The gardens at Upton Oaks have been developed over many years and been created to harmonise with the style of the 1911 Victorian Villa.

Upon purchase of the property in 1987 the villa was in a dilapidated state and there was little evidence left of any gardens. However there was a wonderful old walnut tree and we had a vision to restore the villa. Amongst renovations we also started to create a garden.

Today the garden consists of separate garden rooms, with the use of different hedges and brick walls defining these. A large formal 17th century style knot garden divided into different colour sections, sunny perennial borders and pond, water garden in the pool area plus large raised vegetable beds and espaliered fruit trees on brick walls. A small olive grove opens into the new addition of the blue and white wedding garden with a French styled, iron gazebo as the central feature.

Upton Oaks garden has graced the pages of numerous magazines plus television screens and is visited by many national and international groups each year.

The Gardener

Dave & Sue have developed Upton Oaks gardens over 20 years and though we have no formal training, we both have a eye for detail and had a desire to create a garden harmonising with our old villa, on what was a very neglected site. Dave specialises in maintaining the lawns and keeping the numerous hedges sharp and defined, while Sue does the design, planting and care of the gardens. It has been written that 'a pair of romantics live here' and this reflects on the type of garden we have created, a romantic country garden. The garden will continue to evolve and mature in the years ahead.
Click on any image below to enlarge
Knot Garden - red section
Knot Garden - blue section
Espaliered fruit trees
Teas in the garden.
The knot garden in the winter.
The knot garden in the summer
A quiet place to sit.
© Gardens to Visit 2010. Auckland Web Designers
Free PageRank Checker