The Garden at French Farm
The garden is nestled in the historic French Farm Valley on the banks of the Te Waimangu Stream.
Once part of a large sheep and cattle farm the garden is testament to the resilience of native bush and the speed at which it can regenerate once the stock is removed.
In 2003 two stands of bush in the garden were protected in perpetuity by QE11 Covenants.
The bush contains many fine examples of a variety of native trees including kahikatea, totara, matai and some huge kowhai but a feature is a mature pokaka which is listed as a Notable Tree of NZ.
Established by artist Nancy Tichborne and her husband Bryan the garden is designated a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
It contains dramatic herbaceous borders forming a natural colourful amphitheatre full of tulips, irises, daylillies and dahlias depending on the season. The intention of the planting is to tie the ornamental garden into the wider landscape with its magnificent backdrop of native bush and surrounding hills.
Paths meander through the garden and there are several streamside bush walks with many glades and dells that provide perfect spaces to relax and enjoy the birdsong.View Map
The GardenerThe garden is now under the care of new owners Jendy and Pat Brooks who have made the move to Banks Peninsula from North Otago. Passionate gardeners they are relishing the challenge of taking on the care and development of this beautiful property.
We are 40 minutes from another Banks Peninsula 'Significant Garden' - the Fisherman's Bay Garden owned by Jill & Richard Simpson.