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  Trotts Garden

Address371 Racecourse Road Ashburton, one hour south of Christchurch city and 3 km from Ashburton and S/H 1.travelling south - turn first right upon entering Ashburton into Racecourse Road then travel 3.5 k. Garden on left.
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone03 3089530
Contact PersonAlan Trott
HoursGarden open to the public September to May Mon to Sat 9 am to 4 pm (Sundays by apt.)
Garden Size3 hectares/ allow 1-2 hrs
Price$10 per person.
Brochure Available?Can be mailed out.
ParkingOff street parking for buses coaches and cars.
ToiletsYes and disabled access
Food AvailableCatering by arrangement
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes there is seating around the garden.
PicnicsYes please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden.
Wheelchair AccessYes the garden is wheel chair friendly.
Dogs AllowedYes
Children AllowedYes but please supervise as we have ponds in the garden
AccommodationNo, however there is local accommodation in Ashburton that we are happy to recommend.
WeddingsA chapel built in 1916 and relocated here provides a quiet tranquil feel for weddings. The chapel is used extensively for weddings, memorial services and family reunions. The building includes a small ante/ supper room. A feature of the exterior of the chapel is the delightful hedged gardens with church bell and rose covered arbors, a perfect place to extend your hospitality. A marquee lawn situated immediately adjacent to the chapel caters for larger weddings and more formal occasions.
Plant/Other SalesThe area of the garden surrounding the old cobbled stables is set aside as a specialist retail nursery. Alan Trott is inspirational in offering ideas for plant combinations and will introduce the garden shopper to many trees and plants not commonly found. The old stable block often features an exhibition of artworks by local artists as well as interesting garden related gifts.
Guided ToursYes by arrangement, please ask for a price.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesNestled in the formal part of Trott's Garden is a delightful chapel, built in Ashburton in 1916 and moved onto the property in 1999. The interior features superb native New Zealand timbers and many of the original church furnishings.


The Garden

Trott's Garden was planned from the beginning. The woodland area was developed around a series of gently curving paths. Later the water gardens were added and finally the English inspired formal gardens. The layout is such that the garden areas are integrated yet contain elements of surprise as the visitor explores.

The dappled woodland areas offer garden rooms planted with unusual shrubs and trees, followed by vistas of immaculate lawn. Emphasis on the choice and placement of trees and shrubs means the garden is equally stunning in form and colour, all year round.

Structures are a feature of this area and include a gazebo, belvedere, large dove cote, and frames for pleaching.

Some 50 species of magnolia, 70 different kinds of maples and 40 different varieties of the dogwood family give some idea of the scale of the woodland area, then add hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas, under planted with flowering woodland plants and ground covers.

Bordering the woodland garden and flowing into it, is a stream edged with a fine collection of moisture loving plants.

A board walk adds structural interest and allows visitors to enjoy beautiful plantings close to hand. And further on past the bog garden....

the stream flows into a pond edged with many fine water plants, lilies and iris. The pond, from the near side, is free of plantings, and so reflects a perfect image of the sky and garden beyond.

Large brick and iron gates welcome the visitor to the chapel and formal garden. A study of perfect dimension and scale, this garden relies on tall hedging, a grid of specimen trees, long borders, clipped topiary, and elegant garden furniture, to create formality and grandeur.

Visitors who have enjoyed the famous gardens of Britain and middle Europe, will relish the formal detail of roses planted in set squares, the buxus edgings, knot garden and long deep perennial borders. A true delight of this garden is the choice of plantings most suited to the South Island's distinctive climate.

The Gardener

“The Ashburton District has been our home all our lives. This area is one of the most progressive in New Zealand with private enterprise driving the local economy. It could never be considered a conservative environment. If we wish to continue to compete and promote our district, we have to have a competitive and high standard of presentation. Our commitment is to present a top attraction for local, national and international visitors. Our marketing strategy can only bring positive results for the town and the Ashburton district"
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Knots Garden
Winter time
Road entrance
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