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Brantwood at Trott’s Garden

371 Racecourse Road, Ashburton, Canterbury


Trott’s Garden is recognised as a Garden of International Significance. World-renowned Knot Gardens and rare plant and tree specimens, accompanied by a striking entrance via a 110-metre perennial and herbaceous border. A must see for any garden enthusiast. This area is divided into some smaller gardens, by well-maintained and buttressed Cupressus Macrocarpa hedging.

This flat and well proportioned garden covers seven acres clothed by rare and beautiful trees. Betula, Magnolia, English Beech and Cornus act as a mantle for underplanting's of Rhododendrons, Perennials and many unusual plants. The way leads to the Red Garden bordered by Berberis 'Little Favourite', the colour scheme highlighted by groups of Berberis 'Hellmond's Pillar' and Sambucus 'Guincho Purple', and then through a Lime Walk.  A large reflecting pool well-planted with Gunnera and many Hosta varieties, that is sheltered on one side by Silver Birches, is a lovely feature offering photo opportunities from many different directions.

Sweeping lawns lead to Trott’s Belvedere, which surveys a bog and water garden luxuriantly planted with Hosta, Primula, water-loving Iris and other plants. Also seen from this vantage point is a smaller Knot Garden alongside an elegant stand of Betula Utilis 'Silver Shadow'. Two parallel rooms lead from here down to the Brantwood Chapel, through four large and intricate Knot Gardens copied from an old English garden.  As you exit the Knot Garden, the elegant Brantwood Chapel stands before you, in all its glory.

The Gardener

A renowned garden with international acclaim, Trott’s Garden was home to Alan and Catherine Trott and their family for thirty-seven years.

The gardens were sold in September 2023 in Ashburton, New Zealand. Now in private ownership, the new owners wish to continue on the great work that Alan and Catherine Trott’s legacy has left.

Garden Size

This flat and well-proportioned garden covers seven acres.


Brantwood Weddings and Events at Trott’s Garden offers a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions – all year round. Combining picturesque garden landscapes, with our amazing marquee, “The Brantwood Belvedere”, you can spend your whole day in our paradise.
Have your ceremony in the newly renovated, and gorgeous “Brantwood Chapel”, or in the beautiful garden amongst the flowers and trees. The choice is yours.
Striking panoramas provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, whilst your guests enjoy wandering the gardens and soaking up the surroundings.
Smaller receptions can be held and catered for in the Brantwood Chapel (for up to 50 people), catered from our new commercial kitchen, with larger receptions held in the Brantwood Belvedere (for up to 120 people). We can accommodate small intimate celebrations or large lavish occasions.

Celebrations of Life – What a beautiful setting to celebrate the passing of a loved one. The Brantwood Chapel will make this a special and memorable occasion. The Brantwood Belvedere can accommodate your Wake, for family and friends to continue to pay their respects. Catering available.

Our “Bertie” caravan can also provide an assortment of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tubs, beverages, and alcoholic drinks, which can be enjoyed by your guests in the Brantwood Green area, whilst enjoying our range of large outdoor games.

Other Facilities
Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. There are just a few simple rules:
- Purchase the normal $10 pp entry ticket
- Group picnic size limited to 6 people (including children). No large group picnics or bbq's.
- Trott's Garden is a licensed premises—no BYO alcohol. As we will be fully licensed, we have a caravan drinks bar, “Bertie”, which can offer the full complement of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as ice creams.
- No picnics in the carpark (Health & Safety at Work Act 2015)
- Please do not leave any rubbish in the gardens; please return any glassware or empty bottles when you leave.



  • Price
    Entry fee is $10 per person (12 and under free).
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for cars on grass opposite the Brantwood Chapel Bus parking and turnaround at the end of the drive past the Brantwood Chapel
  • Wheelchair Access
    The garden is accessible for prams and wheelchairs in most areas.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Small dogs only are welcome but must be on a lead.
  • Food available?
    Morning and afternoon tea, lunches, as well as guided tours with our Head Gardener, are available upon request for groups. Please email info@trotts.co.nz with the details of your tour.
  • Picnics
    Why not book a picnic with our Picnic Hampers full of goodies? On arrival collect your picnic from us, and find a spot of your choice in the garden to enjoy. Bookings are essential and must be booked and paid 48 hours before arrival.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise as there are water features.
  • Toilets?
    Toilet facilities are available.
  • Function Center?
    Brantwood at Trott’s Garden is the perfect venue for your wedding, funeral or corporate function. Our unique venue offers everything you need to create your perfect event. Talk to us, we can cater to all your requirements. Your guests are always welcome to meander around the gardens or relax on the lawn enjoying a variety of outdoor games. Janene, our events organiser, is always on hand to help with any event enquiries. For current pricing, bookings or to arrange an appointment, please email brantwood@trotts.co.nz or call Janene on 021 028 32123
  • Guided Tours
    Group guided tours (minimum of 10 guests) of Trott’s Garden can be arranged and booked by emailing info@trotts.co.nz or phoning Janene on 021 028 32123.


371 Racecourse Road, Ashburton, Canterbury

If coming from Ashburton – Travel 3.7km from State Highway One to 371 Racecourse Road, Trott’s The garden will be on your left. If coming from Methven – Follow State Highway 77 towards Ashburton, turning left onto Racecourse Road after 28km. Once on Racecourse Road, travel another 1 km. Trott’s Garden will be on your right.