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  Hollards Gardens

Address1686 Upper Manaia Road, Kaponga. Located in central Taranaki farming country between Stratford & Kaponga, close to Egmont National Park. Private Bag 713 Stratford 4352
RegionTaranaki
Privately owned or publicPublic
Email
Phone64 06 765 7127 Mobile: 027 240 2470 Free phone
Fax06 765 5097
Contact PersonGreg Rine Regional Gardens Manager Taranaki Regional Council
Websitewww.hollardgardens.info
HoursThe gardens are open from 9am to 5pm daily and 8pm in summer.
Garden SizeHollard Gardens is an extensive 4.5 hectare property. The garden has the capacity for large groups of 20 or more people. It is recommended you plan to spend 2 hours in order to enjoy the full garden experience.
PriceEntry is free.
Brochure Available?Yes we can post out a brochure.
ParkingWe have a large car park for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes we have toilets and toilets for the disabled.
Food AvailableNo
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is seating around the grounds to sit and relax.
PicnicsYes please feel free to bring a picnic to the garden.
Wheelchair AccessPeople with disabilities can be driven down to the main lawn for events.
Dogs AllowedOnly on a lead.
Children AllowedThere is a childrens play area. "Bernie was always concerned about the future of the gardens and I'm certain that he would be pleased. It would be fair to say, though, that he didn't think kids would have a place in the garden." Fortunately for the youngsters of Taranaki, times have changed. Children are welcome in the gardens provided they stay on the paths and tracks and don't run through garden beds. He hopes some of those youngsters with happy memories of visits to these gardens will grow up to have gardens of their own.
AccommodationNo but we are happy to recommend local accommodation.
WeddingsHollard Gardens is an ideal venue for weddings and other private functions, with an events pavilion on the main lawn offering catering facilities and toilets. Just bear in mind that the property will always be open to the public from 9am to 5pm daily and 9am to 8pm during daylight saving. Important: Before booking, check this website's events guide to make sure Hollard Gardens will be available on the day you have in mind. We always advise people to have an alternative venue organised. If necessary, we will put signage in the car park directing your guests to the alternative venue.
Plant/Other SalesPlant sales available only during the Rhodo Festival
Guided ToursVolunteers will be trained in hosting visitors and extensive botanical and historical information is available. As ambassadors for the garden volunteers will host groups of visitors to the garden.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesA house manager service, organising and co-ordinating catering and other services, is also available to corporate's. Day and evening charges are available on application.

Taranaki Farmers Market is always a popular attraction at Hollard Gardens. The local growers' stall is an opportunity for South Taranaki people to market their excess produce, with buyers assured that it will be freshly harvested. with stalls selling seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and courgette's as well as fresh spuds, blueberries, passion fruit, plums, nashi pears and garlic. There'll also be nuts, jams, honey, dips, chutneys and sauces, bread and baking, meat, seedlings and lavender products.

During the winter we hold a series of interactive workshops with the community where we establish a home produce garden.

A new gatehouse greets people with a portrait of Mr Hollard and the first of the new signs. These give information about the garden but are written as if Mr Hollard were telling the stories himself. All the signs have a deliberately home-made, 1950's look.
"They look as if they've just been knocked up by somebody. That's what Bernie would have done. He was first and foremost a gardener and anything else was, she'll be right."


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The Garden

Hollard Gardens is the achievement of a lifetime's work by Bernie and Rose Hollard. It is a monument to patience and horticultural skill. It features intimate gardens, hidden paths,expansive lawns and swamp gardens, an events pavilion, children's play area, barbecues and a gazebo.
The garden is divided into the Old Garden (1927), the New Garden (1982) and the New Zealand Garden (1992).

Way above head height in many areas, large rhododendrons drip with colourful trumpets while the scent of others infuses the air. And at ground level, butter-yellow poppies mingle happily with blue and maroon granny bonnets, and creamy bleeding hearts.

New plant signs highlight the plants bred by Mr Hollard and others worthy of mention, for being rare or the oldest or largest one in New Zealand, for example.

An abundance of azalea mollises are at their most vibrant these are plants that appreciate a good cold Kaponga winter. We pass a majestic Lemon Lodge rhododendron, smothered in lemony flowers.

The Gardener

The name Hollard is synonymous with gardening. Garden enthusiasts who live in other parts of New Zealand or overseas have for many years added Hollard Gardens, to their lists of important places to visit in the country. Hollard Gardens is of particular interest because it is the achievement of a private individual after almost a lifetime’s work. Hollard Gardens is a plainsman’s garden and a monument to patience and horticultural skill. It was established in 1927 by Bernard (Bernie) Hollard, a hands-on gardener and collector with a wide interest in plants, selecting each according to whether it had personal appeal, whether it would fill a gap in an existing collection of species or varieties and whether it was choice among its kind. The design of the garden took into account not only aesthetics but also how well a plant would do in its environment according to climate or topography. He preferred to plant more than one plant as insurance in case one failed, or to pass extra plants on to other gardeners to ensure they were never completely lost to the collection. While the garden was recognised as primarily the fruition of Bernie’s horticultural passion and hard work, Rose Hollard worked alongside him in early years and gained her own impressive knowledge of plants. Both Bernie and Rose Hollard were saddened when a plant ‘croaked’ or ‘conked’ but recognised as well the opportunity presented to fill the recently vacated space with other plants. Bernie Hollard was a regular contributor to a national gardening magazine and was recognised by his peers for both his horticultural knowledge and his generosity in sharing it, and for the valuable plant collection housed in his garden. He was a hard-working and patient plants man. He believed that the best plants were the ones worth waiting for. The plant he bred and for which he is best known – Rh. Kaponga – took 12 years to flower. Bernard and Rose Hollard recognised the importance of their garden and were keen to see it preserved for others to enjoy, handing their property first into the care of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. In 2002, ownership was transferred to the Taranaki Regional Council, which has developed and implemented a new management plan..
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Bernie Hollard was a hard-working and patient plantsman. He believed that the best plants were the ones worth waiting for. The plant he bred and for which he is best known – Rh. Kaponga – took 12 years to flower.
There is seating around the grounds to sit and relax.
Way above head height in many areas, large rhododendrons drip with colourful trumpets while the scent of others infuses the air.
The garden features intimate gardens, hidden paths,expansive lawns and swamp gardens.
An abundance of azalea mollises are at their most vibrant, these are plants that appreciate a good cold Kaponga winter.
There is a childrens play area. Children are welcome in the gardens provided they stay on the paths and tracks and don't run through garden beds. Bernie hoped youngsters would be left with happy memories of visits to these gardens and would grow up to have gardens of their own.
The garden features many expansive lawns.
Hollard Gardens is the achievement of a lifetime's work by Bernie and Rose Hollard. It is a monument to patience and horticultural skill
It is recommended you plan to spend 2 hours in order to enjoy the full garden experience.
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