Hospice South Canterbury with the support of Harcourts would like to take you all on a journey through some of our region’s fabulous Gardens and Homes. From the modern to the old, the large to the small, this year's South Canterbury Hospice Home and Garden Tour has it all. Eight generous homeowners have agreed to open their doors or garden gates to public gaze, and Hospice has also organised displays of outdoor furniture and sculptures, some music and Devonshire teas to add to the occasion. You'll plan your own route but if we start from the centre of Timaru and work outwards this is what you"ll find. Hospice touches us all to some degree during our lifetime, a friend or family member or neighbour will have used or will use our specialised service. Hospice care is provided free to the patient making fundraising a huge part of our operation. Events such as this are essential to provide funding in support of Hospice specialist palliative care services to those in need. Thank you to all of you who will join us over this two day event, we really appreciate our community’s support.
You'll plan your own route but if we start from the centre of Timaru and work outwards this is what you'll find
Shirley and Michael Ussher, Benvenue Ave
Three years in the planning, this home has attracted plenty of interest during its construction and this is your chance to view it first hand. The brief to architect David McBride was for a seeside or Mediterranean style home making the most of the views, and it's certainly done that with vistas from sea to the mountains. Behind the spectacular entrance way is a home on two levels, with two guest rooms and office on the ground floor and the main living and master bedroom on the second level. For old age and convenience a lift has been added. The workmanship in this lovely home is to be admired, and outside Shirley is constructing what is already a unique city garden.
Jill Clarke, Maltby Ave
Also central in town is the garden of Jill Clarke situated on the boundary of West End Park. This new townhouse benefits from its surroundings and takes advantage of the expansive park and trees. The garden is small and intimate with a Mediterranean style of planting - potted lemon trees, olives and bay laurels with an under planting of lavenders. The living room opens to an outside dining area which overlooks the park on the western side catching all the afternoon and evening sun. There is another smaller seating area receiving all the morning sun - perfect for late breakfast. A raised vegetable garden is always productive.
Tracey Tierney and Craig Perkins, Pages Road
Longer term Timaruvians will be aware of the Grant family farm on the northern outskirts of the city and know there is a homestead tucked away somewhere down that long drive off Pages Road. This is a rare opportunity to view this magnificent original homestead built in 1924 and extensively added to two-and-a-half years ago. You"ll be blown away by the wood panelling, the leadlight windows and the detailed ceilings, but the show stopper has to be the amazing parquet floors throughout. The challenge to visitors will be to pick where the existing homestead ends and the renovation begins, with the workmanship akin to the craftsmanship of old. The main living areas will be open to the public, and while there is also a large garden, the jewel at this address is certainly the home.
Jan Bell, Patiti Point
Across to the opposite side of Timaru and you"ll find a cluster of new homes at Patiti Point, among them a Registered Master Builder Supreme House of the Year 2015 winner. Entered in the new homes $400,000 to $500,000 category, this home took the accolades for its attention to detail and suitability to the site, including the coveted Craftsmanship Grand Award. Its has great indoor/outdoor flow with kwila decking and lovely paved area running the length of the home. The sounds of the waves add to the sea and mountain views, yet the home is positioned for protection against the prevailing winds. There are a number of features to capture the attention here, from the recycled red beech floor and use local bluestone to the solar-powered hot water and underfloor heating. Rainshowers in the town bathrooms bring a touch of elegance.
Times and Ticketing
25th & 26th November
Friday 25th from 2pm to 7pm
Saturday 26th from 11am to 4pm
Presold tickets only $25.00 or $5 per home on the day
Tickets can be purchased from The Hospice Shop, Camerons, Harcourts Timaru, The Secret Garden, Fashion Focus, Plantorama, VibE - Pleasant Point, Flowers Inc - Geraldine, Kings Shoe - Temuka.
Tickets will go on sale in October
For further information click here
Raewyn Bell, Virtue Avenue
Just around the corner is the just-renovated home of Raewyn Bell. Again, many people would have noticed the work going on behind the fence on their way to and from Caroline Bay, and now's your chance to find out what is there. Originally built in 1952 it has undergone a modern-day makeover, while staying true to its roots and original architect Peter Beaven's modernist style. Rushton Architect's brief was to extend the rear and renovate the interior while seamlessly marrying with old with the new, enhancing the flow and natural light. A new high-spec kitchen, second bathroom, bluestone effects, in-built joinery and parquet-style flooring gives a knowing nod to the 60's. Furnishings and artwork also reflect the modernist theme. The original well-loved front garden has been retained. whereas a new sheltered outdoor entertaining area has been created to the rear of the property.
Sharon and Bill Ferrier, Craighead Street
A short hop and you"ll find yourself in the small but compact garden of Sharon and Bill Ferrier. Well, actually, she's the gardener and he's in charge of the lawns, a battle in itself with a Scottish Terrier around. Sharon has been enhancing the garden for the four years she and Bill have been in Craighead Street, with a love of roses, hostas, dahlias and perennials. "It's not a grand design garden but more a traditional garden," she said. Come November her 30 roses should be in bloom with 10 standard Friesia rises making statement. Bill has constructed obelisks from riveted steel to support the standard roses and these are feature in themselves. Also standing out will be seven Portuguese Laurels. Sharon has not opened the garden before and is doing so because of the cause. "Hospice does such a wonderful job".
Ann and Garth Johnstone, Gleniti Road
Heading westwards you"ll come to a garden of 1.5 acres that has been viewed over the years by a select few only. While ideally a spring garden with many bulbs and perennials, the slower season this year could well see plenty of the 80 roses still out along with the many of the 100 rhododendrons. The tranquility of the space is enhanced by many large tress including oaks which were likely planted when the original homestead was built around 115 years ago. Ann has been developing the garden for 13 years, doubling it in size from the well-established garden created by the previous owners. A labour of love, she spends about four hours a day working away. Ann is taking a horticulturist course at present with a view to filling gaps in the garden by propagating cuttings, so you"ll be able to see how she is going.
Kit and Paul Davis, Kingsdown Manor
To the south of Timaru is the unique gothic-style Kingsdown Manor, finished in 1989 after a 10-year build by Lawerence Tyree. He sourced many of the materials himself, with upcycled doors and arched windows from around the country adding to the quirkiness of a building that already stood out with its turret. The present owners have been there two years, making use of the large hall, chapel, courtyard and garden area as a function centre for weddings and the like. They have also been renovating the building and have improved the lawns and borders. Now tucked away behind trees and hedges this will be a chance to see one of the district's landmark buildings.