Wheelchair accessible garden (1.2m wide paths)
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)
Tours available
Garden opens at other times
Plants/produce stalls

Hosts: Dorothy & John Geen

19 Coleridge Street, Hanmer Springs

Garden for high-flyers

You know when your garden planting is successful, and that’s when no one, including the birds, want to leave!

While the garden is just 15 years old, thoughtful planting of trees and shrubs that offer both habitat and a food source for the birds has already paid off, with korimako (bellbird), fantail, tui, and kereru (wood pigeon) all regular visitors, with some even nesting in the garden each year. Last year we had some fledgling tui hang around for a few weeks.

Set against the backdrop of the Hanmer Range, you’ll see the garden brings together a mix of both formal and informal design ideas, planted with a mixture of exotic, native, flowering and foliage plants to give year-round colour and texture. You’ll find wonderful combinations of griselinias and maples, conifers and flaxes, rhododendrons and kowhai all layered to give a depth to the garden. All this is complimented with the use of many pots, tubs and garden art interspersed throughout the garden providing added appeal for visitors and birds alike!

This year we have made a few changes as some plants have outgrown their usefulness, or we have found ones we prefer, so those of you who have been before will see some changes.


Hey Hey It’s Christmas

Come and be inspired by our Christmas Grotto – a magical experience for all ages.

When:Open daily

Cost:Free with admission to garden

Art Exhibition

Artist Peter Geen of EarthSea Gallery Peter is renowned for his NZ landscape and bird paintings and has exhibited both here and Australia. “I love more than anything to paint the mountains and the sea, and our natural environment free from man-made modifications.” Peter paints with acrylic and his work is known for its detail and light.

When:Open daily

Cost:Free with admission to garden