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I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely owner Jo Kerr of Te Wepu Native Garden Merivale, Christchurch during the Waitangi Weekend. Her Great Grandfather, H. R. Webb built his mansion in the suburb of Merivale in 1881. He named it Te Wepu which (in Maori) means, spider web.
She made us feel so welcome which is not always the case as I found visiting gardens. We sat and enjoyed cold drinks along with her fresh honey from the hive in the garden. She had some wonderful stories to tell and photos to show from the past years.
In 2011 the Christchurch Earthquakes forced Jo to close her garden as her home was destroyed. She has now returned home to a newly built home and said "I still cant believe I’m back here" She has resurrected the gardens and established a Luxury Bed and Breakfast with a self-contained garden and courtyard which I was very taken with.
The garden consists of a very large group of mature natives, a fernery, flax, hebes, lancewood's, paths and lawns, plus 2 Japanese style gardens. The St Albans creek running through the property creates an ideal habitat for resident ducks, eels, a beehive, native birds and insects. A massive lime tree planted in 1882 frames garden.
So if you are in Christchurch and need luxury accommodation in a beautiful garden in the heart of town do look her up.