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private garden


437 Boundary Road, RD4


The property was first developed by the Simpson family in 1955 when it became a world-renowned rhododendron garden. However, when we bought the property in 2007  it needed an injection of new life into its tired old bones. 

The property is an oasis of an old established garden with mature rhododendrons, camellias, maples and magnolias as well as many other exotic and native species, birdsong and tranquillity, blended with our own creative gardening style. We have planted and named over 100 rhododendrons, as well as naming many existing ones.  As you enter the property the left side of the driveway has been rejuvenated and is now bordered by a photinia hedge and planted in a cottage garden style filled with roses, irises, salvias, peonies and bulbs whilst the right-hand side has undergone some ground clearance and tree removal to allow more development. To help cope with the many dry areas and large numbers of roots, succulents have been introduced to the garden, both in pots and directly into the soil.  As a result of this work the garden now features high, medium and low vistas as well as long and short ones.

The garden’s peak flowering period is October/November but there is always year-round interest as the garden changes with the seasons. 

Garden Size

Dalkeith is a large country garden. Recommended duration of the visit - 1.5 hours


  • Price
    Adults $10.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for a dozen cars and roadside parking for buses and coaches.
  • Wheelchair Access
    We are flat and suitable for wheelchairs. Watch for the tree roots.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs thankyou.
  • Food available?
    Notice is required for morning and afternoon teas.
  • Picnics
    We are happy for you to bring a shared lunch or picnic.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise as we have water, no climbing trees.
  • Toilets?
    Yes, we have 2 toilets in the garden.
  • Seating
    Plenty of seating around the grounds.
  • Plants/Sales
    We have a few plants for sales.
  • Guided Tours
    We are happy to take our visitors around to answer any questions you may have.
  • Weddings

    We are happy to have wedding photos and ceremony only, no reception.


437 Boundary Road, RD4

At the Hornby intersection with SH1, turn into Shand's Road and drive 12 kms towards Lincoln, then turn right into Boundary Road. If approaching from Shands Road, Dalkeith is the second property on the left.