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Cairnhill

The Garden

A long sealed driveway planted with hosta in the shade and iris and peonies in the sunny areas. Handsome Rhododendrons of all ages and sizes are on show throughout the garden.

Egmont stone and matching pavers planted with mondo grass sets off an area that serves as a petanque court. Red Berberis and ‘Little Bo Peep’ roses edge some of the gardens. 

A great vegetable garden is planted each year and tended by both. The Rasberries have become Colins hobby. The fruit trees are Junes department and the Feijoas are Colins after the cows have dried off.

The Gardener

June and Colin have lived here all their married life, romantically planted rhododendron each year to mark their anniversary. Hence rhodos of all ages are in the garden. Bark gardens became a neccessity when those mowing the lawns defaulted because there were too many trees to mow around. This area subsequently became the favourite hosta patch, and these hostas give a feeling of peace in the garden. Where this looked bare in the winter hellebores have been planted. So you get the feel how this gardened e-volved. Now our three sons' have moved on Colin mows the lawns once again and does other jobs as June requests.

Garden Details

Address
1054 Forgotten World Highway SH 43, East of Stratford it is well signposted. A garden sign is at the gate.
Email
jelees@xtra.co.nz
Phone
06 762 2847
Fax
06 762 2847
Contact Person
June Lees
Website:
Hours
9 am till PM, 21 Oct till end of April. Other wise by appointment
Garden Size
Medium size private garden with capacity for large (20+) group sizes. Recommended visit of 1 hour or less.
Price
$4 per person
Brochure Available?
No
Parking
Off and on street parking for buses coaches and cars.
Toilets
Yes.
Food Available
Refreshments are available by prior arrangement.
Seating
Seating Available
Picnics
Yes
Wheelchair Access
Yes
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please, as we have stock near by.
Children Allowed
Yes
Accommodation
We operate a B&B and dinner arrangements can be made.
Weddings
By arrangement.
Plants/Other Sales
Plant Sales Ophinopogon Japonica, Ophinopogon Japonica Nana Ophinopogon Planiscarpus Black Dragon, Hostas (plenty of variety all named.) Heauchera and other perennials from the garden.
Guided Tours
We are happy to show visitors around the garden. Please ask for price.
Function Center Available?
No
Other Facilities

Cairnhill is a 20 minute drive to the beautiful MT Egmont.
The newly opened Rotokare Bird Sanctuary and Lake is a short drive from our farm.
Mangamingi has a dog trialing ground and competitions are held there annually 30 minutes from here.

Trout Rivers all flow from the mountain and fishing is popular with some.