Margaret and Bevan Johnson, 16 Burnett St,
Take time to smell the roses! And that’s exactly what you can do in this striking garden where the fragrance is intoxicating.
Specifically grown to make the most of the floral perfume, it boasts the original planting, a warm pink Kate Sheppard, along with another 130 hybrid floribunda roses. The street view is dazzling, but continue up the drive for many more roses. Bevan is an expert rose gardener, with loads of knowledge and tips to share.
Speciality plants and flowers will be on sale.
Julie and Tony Agnew, 9 Hassall St.
Julie and Tony started this garden as a clean slate some 20 years ago. The attractive entrance is presented in colourful tiers, giving full effect to a collection of family keepsakes that have been swapped or inherited. As you glance into this magical garden you see it has been completed with love and the ultimate place to spend an hour or two dreaming your time away. Tony has built the garden furniture along with many hidden treasures which add to the tranquil feel. Another interesting feature is the espalier formed tress along the fenceline.
Festive Christmas table settings will be for sale.
Vivien and Colin Clemens, 183 Mountain View Road
Out of sight down a long driveway is this impressive and very substantial garden estate. It has so much character; you just have to visit to grasp the scale and diversity. Two large lawns (one with a tennis court and one with tree for the kids to play on) are surrounded by many small and not so small individual garden areas. These range from formal trimmed hedge displays, to vast arching climbers and an enchanting woodland walk.
Keep your voices low and you might hear the bird calls from the trees above. Roses, camellias, hostas, rhododendrons abound among many hundreds of plants and shrubs that provide vibrant year round colour. Take your time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds over afternoon tea provided by Hospice South Canterbury and Altrusa Timaru.
We recommend you park on the street and walk down the driveway.
Gay Snell, 42 Gleniti Road,
A cascading waterfall, edged with dramatic fernery overlooks this delightful informal garden. Scattered alongside the driveway are diverse pockets of colour, flourishing with perennials, roses, hostas and daisies.
Take your time to explore the numerous interesting areas that have been developed over the past 15 years. Each year new features are added, including an expanding collection of unusual alpine grasses and plants.
This garden will feature wired art sculptures and animals.
Gill White, 100 Gleniti Road,
One word describes this garden – immaculate.
The property is beautifully landscaped with many hours of meticulous attention and loving care.
As you stroll through the garden you discover new areas – each with its own character and style. There is a huge variety of flowers, plants and shrubs, many quite unusual and striking. A stunning show piece that must not be missed.
Support the Rose Festival by buying your raffle tickets at this garden.
Helen and Don Lithgow, 97 Gleniti Road,
This is a true example of a garden developing over time.
When Helen and Don moved into their new home, the section was completely bare, access was via a shingle road and friends wondered why they wanted to live so far out of town! How the world has changed. Spanning the past 40 years, they have planted a captivating and colourful garden with many established camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, peonies and of course roses. 50 year old mystery rose bushes have been replanted from a grandmother’s garden and the latest addition is a lily garden.
A delightful Christmas window display with formal table setting and decorated tree will be on show.
Carol and Duncan Mackenzie, Tomnahurich,397 Pages Road (Twilight Garden)
As you enter the Mackenzie garden you will be overwhelmed by the spectacular, vista stretching to the Four Peaks mountains and beyond.
The manicured lawn, with shady Golden Elm is bordered by rich floral beds of roses, irises, lilies, globe artichokes, peonies and much more including a plentiful herb and kitchen garden.
Carol and Duncan work together to produce intriguing sculpture, some of it is on display about the garden. Their studio will be open for viewing.
Robyn and Michael Talbot, 403 Pages Road (Twilight Garden)
The garden has been totally re landscaped during the past three years. The plan was to create a semi structured easy care garden, which features a courtyard entrance, enhanced indoor outdoor living, while taking care not to obstruct the rural landscape and mountain views. A ha-ha wall has been installed, to create clear, unhindered outlook. The bordering gardens are full of spring colour including many roses and rhododendrons.
During the day the Talbot garden will have delicious Luscomb relish and pickles for sale, live music cheese and wine tasting. Enjoy!