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  Parkside Gardens

Address37 Airdale Road, Weston, Oamaru
RegionTimaru/Oamaru
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone0064 3 434 9786
Fax034331135
Contact PersonBob and Linda Wilson.
Websitewww.retreatoamaru.com
HoursTours of the gardens are available by arrangement.
Garden Size2 acres, allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
Price($5 per person - donation box in the garden).
Brochure Available?No.
ParkingOff street parking is available for coaches buses and cars.
ToiletsYes.
Food AvailableGarden lunches,tour group morning afternoon teas available by arrangement only.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingWe have seating around the garden.
PicnicsA picnic in the gardens is $15 per person, however you are welcome to bring your own picnic to the garden.
Wheelchair AccessYes the garden is wheelchair friendly.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs thank you, however we do have an area outside the garden that they can be let off.
Children AllowedYes, however adults must supervise their children.
AccommodationOur Self catering home stay unit has accommodation for up to four adults, It has a comfortable upstairs living area and a fully equipped kitchen, there is also a sunny balcony from which you can overlook our rural surroundings. The unit has a downstairs bathroom with a bath/shower option. There are two downstairs bedrooms, a one larger one and a slightly smaller one, however each has a queen sized bed with the bed linen provided. A BBQ area and outside Spa are also available for our guests use. Our unit is smoke free - breakfast hamper included
WeddingsHere is your chance to have your dream wedding, set in the New Zealand countryside. It is the perfect place to hold a wedding plus wedding photo's, or host a function with us. Menu options for outside catering or your request.
Plant/Other SalesNo we don’t sell plants now, but am happy for people to gather seeds.
Guided ToursYes we are happy to show our visitors around the grounds.
Function center?Yes
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesWe also offer tours of Parkside Quarry, www.oamarustone.co.nz a family owned and operated business is well known for producing the high quality building material "Oamaru Stone"

Linda is also a textile designer www.nzstyle.co.nz and has some of her rugs on display at the garden.

The historic town of Oamaru offers unique historic lime stone buildings, little blue penguin viewing, great shopping, cafes and restaurants. November each year we have a Victorian fete as well as a very popular wine and food festival in February.

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The Garden

The garden was created to display the Ornate Oamaru Limestone.


In 1992 the Wilson family decided to turn their pony field into a Garden Centre, open seven days a week, running for eight years.

The garden centre was run by Linda who also offered a Garden Design Service. The Garden has now evolved into a wonderful Wedding and Function venue.

The Gardener

Working as an independent Garden Designer for eighteen years, Linda and the family created a garden centre on the property which Linda operated for nine years - seven days a week. The retail side of the business eventually fazed out; leaving the large formal garden as a venue for weddings and other functions. Linda is now busy with this exciting new textile venture, maintaining her garden, conducting quarry tours and arranging garden events. In addition, she has a long standing involvement in Stone sculpting Symposium for the town, and is running a self contained home-stay unit on the property. Linda and her husband Bob‘s home is situated in the sheep and crop fields surrounding their home at Parkside, North Otago. They have been living, working and have raised four beautiful children here over the last twenty-seven years. Bob is involved in running Parkside Limestone Quarries, also a major part of the property. These quarries supply agricultural lime from the on-site Parkside Limeworks and are the sole New Zealand suppliers of the renowned Oamaru building stone known as Oamaru Stone.
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Spring.
Through the red gate.
Pond area.
Dancing couple
Looking towards the house.
Small pond
We call this our ''long walk''
The lazy lizard
Swinging pixie.
The rock garden.
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