From bare hillside in 1978, when the gully & boundary were fenced & planted, to the house built 1982/3, the garden evolved. Extensive plantings of trees both native and introduced sit comfortably within the wider landscape, adjacent to the 400 year old Puketarata Pa.
Skilled blending of many native & exotic plants is a particular strength. The mature cordylines (our iconic cabbage trees) are an eyecatching and unusual feature reflecting the Taranaki landscape. Generous herbaceous plantings feature throughout the garden. Views of Mt Egmont/Taranaki & inland Taranaki.
In 2008 The NZ Gardens Trust assessed Puketarata a Garden of National Significance.View Map
The GardenerOver 30 years ago Ken and Jennifer Horner built a family home and established a large country garden for their family on the outskirts of Hawera. I love gardening and find the continual process of adjusting the planting an exciting challenge. I am particularly keen on including native plants.
Just along the road you can find the Tawhiti Museum which is a truly unique enterprise. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, its attention to detail is simply stunning.
Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.