Yes, we're open in level 1 & 2!
Entry to each garden is available on the day $10 per person per garden
Toilets available on site
Wheelchair accessible garden (1.2m wide paths)
Wheelchair accessible toilet
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)
Garden tours available
Garden opens at other times
Home producers/ Vegetable gardens
Plants/produce stalls

Host: Sharon Earl

69 Carters Road, Amberley
Phone: 027 654 9771

Sculpture at Amberley’s oldest cottage

My little cottage (which I cheerfully call ‘Goodtime Cottage’) is 157 years old – Amberley’s oldest dwelling, built in 1864, the year that Amberley was subdivided.

Since moving here 3 years ago I have been incrementally renovating her ailing and leaning timbers, as funds allow. My hopes are to bring her back from the brink, or at the very least, squeeze a few final decades out of her.

Behind my home lies a wonderful workshop where I create welded steel sculptures, mostly of life-sized birds and animals, in a filigree style. I work alone so it will be a real thrill to showcase my working studio to an audience for a change.

Gardening plays an equally important role in my life as I attempt to tread as lightly on the earth as possible. I make compost onsite in bulk to sustain my organic no- dig productive property, creating an almost closed loop system. Now, in my fourth season here, I am finding which crops thrive here and which varieties are proving trickier. There’s always lessons to be learnt from gardening. This is a simple and joy-filled life that I am very pleased to be sharing during this year’s Hurunui Garden Festival. I hope to meet many new faces and show you my adventures into a life less complicated.


Flora Grow

A beautiful range of sustainable and bio-degradable gardening products. Plants, grow kits, gift cards, microgreen seed packs and more.