Rosalie's Retreat

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The Garden

In 1970 we started to develop Rosalies Retreat from a bare hay paddock.
Our first job was to remove the huge Macrocarpas that had been planted as a shelter belt, and replace them with NZ natives. We then planted dozens of Maples and Cassonias.

As time went on the pongas and other natives self seeded every where giving us great shade. So we took advantage of the shade and planted dozens of small and large flowering Vireyas, many of which are scented. some are now very large.

We feed wood pigeons, tuis and goldfinches,and in fact, there can be 9 different species of birds all bathing together and all getting on extremely well in the stone bird bath.

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The Gardener

I am 72, and don’t keep great health, but am doing something I have always been interested in. Gardening has always had to fit it in between milking and raising children. I am now living my dream. For the last eleven years I have been making pottery in my studio which I love, and it works so well with the garden. I have people who come to the garden, wander around and after seeing the ornaments and their settings buy them. Many come back to buy a second time.

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Garden Details

Address
283 Waiotira Rd. RD1 Waiotira 20 mins south of Whangarei, traveling north from Auckland on state highway 1 turn off at Mangapai, come to the cross roads, turn left and we are the 3rd house down, look for the signs.
Email
rosaliesretreat@xtra.co.nz
Phone
094322134
Fax
No
Contact Person
Rosalie McCullough
Website:
Hours
10 30am to3 30pm
Garden Size
2.5 acres allow 1 hour, then time to look through the studio.
Price
No Charge
Brochure Available?
No
Parking
On Street for buses coaches and cars.
Toilets
One toilet
Food Available
Hot water available and food by prior arrangement.
Seating
Seating available.
Picnics
Yes
Wheelchair Access
Not unless you have a very fit and strong caregiver.
Dogs Allowed
No
Children Allowed
Yes
Accommodation
No
Weddings
No
Plants/Other Sales
Statues and ceramics
Guided Tours
Yes
Function Center Available?
No
Other Facilities
Check www.ruralattractions.co.nz for details of the other side of our business.
Rosalie is a well known character in the area, who has been making ceramics in her studio for many years.

Some of you may have them in the garden not knowing where they have come from.