Wylde Willow Garden


The Garden

A landscaped Abbots Creek meanders for half a kilometre through this large country garden. Inviting pathways follow the creek through woodland of hundreds of rhododendrons, maples, and cornus under planted with shade loving perennials. Hundred years old willows stand guard filtering the sunlight.

Encompassing the house a is cottage garden displays hundreds of roses, mostly heritage, and many reaching tree tops before cascading downwards. Complimentary perennials add colour to create interest. A conservation project of heritage roses displays many unusual and rare roses best viewed late Nov. and Dec. A large park displaying maturing trees surrounds a large beautifully landscaped pond at the end of a picturesque grass lane. There are many garden rooms and colour themed.


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Garden Details

132 North Taieri Road, Abbotsford Dunedin 9018

From the Octagon in central Dunedin take Stuart Street east to SH1.
Take a slight right on to Caversham Bypass Motorway/SH1 (signs for Invercargill).
Turn right to stay on Caversham Bypass Motorway/SH1 for 6km.
Take the exit toward Abbotsford/Sunnyvale/Brighton slight left on to Westland Street.
Turn right on to Main South Road.
Take the 1st left to Abbotsford Road.
Turn right in to North Taieri Road for about 1.3km.
Turn left into Hyslop Street and the garden sign is on your left.
03 488 3988 027 422 8310
Contact Person
Fran and Mike Rawling
Open at all times Sept to May, please phone first to check we can host you.
Garden Size
Five aceas, half is a maturing parkland with a large pond.
$7 which includes a short introductory talk and Fran's being available to chat.
Lots of street parking on Hyslop Street.
Food Available
Refreshments: morning or afternoon tea available with prior arrangement. $8 includes tea or coffee, freshly baked muffin and slice.
Plenty with lovely vistas
You are welcome to bring your own picnic if you wish.
Wheelchair Access
Most of the garden is suitable for wheelchairs, but there are areas that are not suitable.
Children Allowed
Yes but as we have water, please supervise them at all times.
Wylde Willow Garden is a well known host for Dunedin garden weddings.
We provide seating, tables and linen as well as spectacular spots for wedding photos.
Facilities are available for ‘drinks and nibbles’ after the wedding ceremony.
“The garden is a series of rooms, themed with colour and layout, some formal, some informal. This diversity has made Wylde Willow a sought-after spot for wedding photos.” – NZ Gardener Oct 2009