Stuarts’ garden is on one acre of ground which was originally a peat bog. A feature of the garden is the swiftly flowing Bullock Creek which is host to a number of tame trout. The creek edge has been planted with hostas, Japanese and Siberian irises, ferns, Peltiphyllum and rodgersias. Viewing decks are placed at vantage points along the creeks. The original section contained a number of springs which have been diverted into creeks which flow into the main stream. Rhododendrons flourish in the habitat and are at their best in early November.
Hellebores, primulas, meconopsis, fritillarias, paeonies and trilliums provide an interesting display in spring, followed by deciduous azaleas and ornamental flowering trees. These latter species provide great autumn colour in March and April. There are woodland walks leading up to a secluded area with a gazebo and a tunnel house with tomatoes in season, special alpines and other treasures planted in troughs outside. Behind a 100 year old cottage, is a potager backed by climbing roses.
Beside the cottage is a blue and white border of old-fashioned flowers which complement the blue and white exterior. Another potager shaped like the sun's rays, nestles in front. A rock garden leads down to a shade house which contains connoisseur plants. Well grown plants propagated from the garden are available from the nursery, a short distance away.View Map
• Take SH89 to Wanaka.
• Turn left in to Helwick Street.
• Continue past Warren Street and Stuarts’ Garden is on your left.