The Garden

Greenhaugh Gardens surround a colonial homestead built in 1874. A background of mature trees including horse chestnut, gingko, liquid amber, linden and copper beech frame five acres of expansive gardens. Nearer the house box hedges curb the romantic exuberance of Austin and old roses, perennials and self-seeding annuals. The pergola, clad with wisteria, rambling roses and clematis leads through a profusion of colourful bearded iris and lilies to the 'creek bed' and Mediterranean gardens. Here, shell rock paths meander through gay drifts of poppies, achilles and geranium. Wooden bridges cross the ponds which are edged with ladies mantle, euphorbia and towering grasses. Beyond lies the calm of the treed areas.
Greenhaugh changes with the seasons. Late winter, the first snowdrops herald the imminent spring profusion of Hellebore, trillium, primula, crocus and scilla. daffodils, many planted in the 1940's, light up the gardens followed by an explosion of roses, clematis and bearded iris. Midsummer, gentler swathes of alstroemerias, thalictrum, monarda, penstemon and shasta crowd the beds before the final riot of salvia, anemone japonica and michaelmas.
In the shelter of the house giant taro thrives; also cannas, banana and crinum.
The filtered woodland is home to arisaema, cimifuga, rodgersias and a kaleidoscope of clivia.
These plants and many more can be found for sale in the Nursery. View Map

The Gardener

I began gardening in earnest at Greenhaugh in the early 80's when my youngest child started school. This coincided with a visit to Britain and Sissinghurst. Over the next few years the garden grew from my parents-in-law's half acre to five acres. With the assistance of two local gardeners - Janet Wilson and Colin Mahy- now firm friends, Greenhaugh evolved. Many other hands have helped over the years, all leaving their mark. Our three children earned pocket money mowing lawns and doing the edges. My husband had the eye for creating terraces and fluid garden shapes. I know the plants and fill the canvas with colour.


Garden Details

914 Napier Rd, R D 10, Palmerston North. From Palmerston North, take SH 3 northwards. Continue past 100km sign for 6.5km to garden on right; Greenhaugh signpost at gate.
+ 64-6-357 3878
+ 64-6-357 3868
Contact Person
Lynne Atkins
All year, Monday to Friday; weekends by arrangement
Garden Size
Large - 2ha (5 acres) allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
$10 per adult
Brochure Available?
Yes can be posted out.
Buses and large vehicles to park on the roadside.
Food Available
No however there are cafes in the area.
Yes there are areas around our grounds to sit and enjoy the views.
Yes please feel free to bring your own picnic.
Wheelchair Access
Dogs Allowed
No dogs thank you.
Children Allowed
Please supervision as we have water areas.
Yes. Please contact Lynne for prices.
Plants/Other Sales
Nursery plants for sale on site from our own collection.
Guided Tours
By appointment
Other Facilities
Cross the little black bridge to visit Jacob the Donkey and in the Spring you may get to feed a lamb.
Cafes, the Manawatu Gorge walk and windmills nearby.