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Parking
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible garden
Picnic Area
Tea/coffee included
Children's play area
Garden Tours
Nursery/plants for sale
Accommodation available
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Penny Zino

Timeless and ever changing

Flaxmere is a ‘Garden of International Significance, awarded 6 stars by the NZ Gardens Trust. The garden began in 1966 and continues to inspire with its appealing vistas and innovative design. In the 3-hectare garden you’ll find a series of garden rooms designed around vistas described as art forms, and connected by a series of ponds. Each garden room has its own distinct personality. The naturalist planting of the native garden contrasts with the classically inspired stonewalls and timber pergolas entwined with roses and clematis in the swimming pool garden. From the terrace, a gracefully arched bridge over the ponds leads your eye to Mt Tekoa. There is always something new for you to experience as in the perennial and grasses garden inspired by Piet Oudolf, and the whirlpool garden that was the result of a heavy snowfall. Flaxmere brings together timeless charm with innovative design creating an unforgettable garden with immense soul.

Events

Photographic exhibition in the barn

“Flaxmere through the seasons”

When:All day

Cost:Free with admission

Naturalistic Summer plantings - Theory and Reality with Penny Zino and Robyn Kilty

Piet Oudolf inspired us both with his vision of naturalistic plantings that are so well suited to Canterbury conditions. His informal approach has changed our thinking of how gardens can be. We will share ideas and then spend time in the garden assessing how Penny’s interpretation has worked out! Allow approximately 2 hours.

When:11 am Daily

Cost:$20 includes coffee/tea plus $10 entry to the garden. Bookings essential, email zino@flaxmeregarden.co.nz

Low on H2O

Jo Wakelin’s garden near Cromwell is an eye opener. She contends with wind, and a stony desert with hordes of rabbits! Her rainfall is a meagre 250-400mls! By using a palette of both local native plants and those from other parts of the world with similar conditions, Jo shows it is possible to landscape successfully in a place with frosty winters, scorching summers and no summer irrigation. Jo is a lecturer for the Otago Polytechnic Institute that has a branch in Cromwell.

When:2pm Saturday November 2

Cost:$10 includes coffee/tea plus $10 entry to the garden. Bookings essential, email zino@flaxmeregarden.co.nz

20 years of seed harvesting

Steve Newall has a passion for plants and gathers seed from many of our special high country places for a very successful seed business that exports seed all over the world. He is a talented speaker who makes collecting fresh seed an entertaining business, with helpful suggestions on how to get seeds growing.

When:2pm Sunday 3 November

Cost:$10 includes coffee/tea plus $10 entry to the garden. Bookings essential, email zino@flaxmeregarden.co.nz