Welcome to Gardens to Visit

Gardenstovisit is a collection of New Zealand gardens that open to visitors. We list everything from large county gardens to very small courtyard gardens. Styles vary from Classics English, Tropical, Native through to Arboretums. Some gardens host Weddings and have a Chapel with in their grounds.  Some offer Accommodation.  Lunches/morning/afternoon tea can be arranged by appointment, while some gardens have Cafe/Restaurant and Function centres. Gifts and garden art sales are also available in some gardens.

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A new garden to list is Castlemaine garden which is set in a rural setting 15mins drive from Lumsden, Southland. 

It has been a work in progress over the last 24 years .

A large Macrocarpa hedge, creating shelter from strong NW winds , inspired a vision of creating a large country garden.

Long cold winters, and often mild to very dry summers with strong NW winds are normal.

The garden is a  country garden, with also an area based on English design. At 200 metres above sea level & inland we get hard frosts & quite a bit of snow at times. Trees, rhododendrons, roses, bulbs, varied hedging, & plants suitable to this area have been planted. With two small ponds being built over the years.

Spring is probably the best time aesthetically in the garden, but with the four seasons sometimes being quite dramatic , they can be beautiful as well.