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  Orangewood Gardens

Address34 Orangewood Drive, North Park Howick. We are off the Whitford Rd/Chapel Rd Roundabout in Howick.Above Botany Town Centre, Orangewood Drive also runs off Millhouse Dr. which in turn runs off Botany Rd opposite the Pakuranga Golf Course.
RegionAuckland - East
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone64 09 5374579
Fax64 9 5374577
Contact PersonMary Anne and Trevor.
WebsiteNo
HoursBy appointment only.
Garden SizeWe are a small garden. Allow 1 hour.
Price$5,
Brochure Available?No
ParkingOn street parking for buses coaches and cars. We have no space for parking.
ToiletsNo
Food AvailableNo but you are only 5 minutes away from several cafes that we could recommend.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingYes, for small groups.
PicnicsYes do feel free to bring along yur own picnic. Seating limited.
Wheelchair AccessYes
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedNot suitable for children.
AccommodationNo but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
WeddingsWe are too small for weddings.
Plant/Other SalesSeasonal items a possibilit.y
Guided ToursYes
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other Facilities"Mary Ann & Trevor give copious tips on how to have colourful & show stopping results. She also distributes printed notes on her garden "recipe mixes"

We are 3 min's away from the Botany Town Centre, as well as many cafes and restaurants.

Howick village is 5 minutes away by car.

Check by region ( East Auckland ) for several other gardens in the area.

If you are coming to the area to visit gardens in the area The Prenzel Shop Whitford, 7 Whitford Wharf Road Whitford Village, Manukau City is a must. Check www.ruralattractions.co.nz

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The Garden

Orangewood has something of interest all year round having been designed and built from scratch 1993.
It all started with a hard clay base, and being impatient gardeners, raised gardens together with large tubs and pots proved to be the answer.
We are keen environmentalists -at present in our cactus and succulent phase, with a "no dig" vegetable garden.
Succulents,cacti,bromeliads and spring flowering bulbs alternate with showy perennials & annuals for ongoing shows of colour. Large tubs and pots give seasonal colour and scent as beloved by "himself"
Many of our initial purchases are now architectural specimens. This gives structure to the overall plan.

2010 “Manukau in Bloom” Garden Awards

We are delighted to have been advised that The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust has selected our property as one of the winners from the (previously Manukau City) area comprising Botany-Golflands-Northpark-Mission Heights.
The winners were selected by an group of garden owners who visit all areas across Manukau and anonymously view properties from the road.
We look forward to meeting with other “Manukau In Bloom” winners at the Mayoral Awards Ceremony, Auckland Botanic Gardens , March 2011.

The Gardener

Mary Ann comes from a "green fingered " old Auckland family where her uncle taught her the art of composting-sun warmed rain water and liquid manure. A large family on a Manukau farmlet meant there was youthful labour to help plant hundreds of native trees High school science teaching meant even more youngsters were converted to "growing things Miss". Mary Ann gains great pleasure from sharing tips & traps with others,She has also been involved in the local orchid society & currently supports the Auckland Cactus & Succulent Society. Trevor and Mary Ann regard gardening as food for the soul-although Trev actually prefers scones.
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Looking across the front lawn.
Front entrance.
This orchid is a traffic stopper. If you visit in Oct Nov you will see it in all its glory.
A cordyline in the middle of all the pots give some height.
The birds love this garden as Trevor feeds them each day.
Trevor is in charge of the vegetable garden which feeds the family and most of Africa.
Mary Anne loves colour which is apparent when you see the beautiful collection of Morris & James pots.
These get a lot of comments.
You will be amazed at what has been squeezed into such a small space.
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