A Courtyard Nov 13 Beth Weir
Swd Frns 2499 V2

private garden

Frensham Gardens

139 Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand


Our relaxed country garden started in 1992. In the early days, I had very little gardening experience and no vision for the site, but an interest in plants was quickly developing. Over the years, with much trial and error, a garden has emerged which we and our visitors do enjoy. Much thought has gone into the placement of colour, the short and long-distance views, and the filtering of light which is created by judicious pruning.

The garden has been planned with year-round interest in mind, and visitors are encouraged to come and see the garden in winter. There is nothing more spectacular than a crisp winter's day with the low lying sun and its effects. More and more people come in autumn, and many are now visiting on summer evenings, rather than in the middle of the day when plants and people are feeling the heat and effects of the bright light.

There is a serious plant collection to which I am always adding and there is subtle changing of all existing areas. With highly talented gardeners, we can provide an informative and entertaining experience for our visitors.

Frensham welcomes you.

The Gardener

Each month I write a monthly email newsletter from the garden and this is already received by many people. I write about plants and people, thoughts and ideas, accompanied by photos and a seasonal recipe.

Garden Size

Frensham is a relaxed country garden of about half a hectare, set in a farm environment.


  • Price
    Admission: $15.00 per person. This includes a short introductory talk by me or one of my colleagues and we will be available for answering any questions while people are in the gardens; meanwhile, we shall probably continue working in the garden.
  • Parking
    Car and bus parking available.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Most areas of the garden are suitable for small mobility vehicles and wheelchairs.
  • Food available?
    Refreshments. Tea/coffee $3.00 per person. Morning or afternoon tea $7.00 per person. Frensham Boxed Lunch. Our unique Frensham Boxed Lunches are available. Freshly prepared, using seasonal produce, Frensham Boxed Lunches can be enjoyed at leisure in the peaceful surroundings at Frensham. Frensham Boxed Lunch $16.00 per person, minimum order five.
  • Picnics
    Picnics allowed, plenty of seating,
  • Children allowed?
    Most welcome. Very young children must be carefully supervised because of the ponds.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Plenty of seating.
  • Plants/Sales
    FRENSHAM: A New Zealand Garden Book by Margaret Long & Juliet Nicholas is now available for sale. https://www.book2look.com/book/9780995105324 A wide variety of plants, which can be seen growing in the garden, are available for sale.
  • Guided Tours
    Owner is available for guided tours on request. This takes an hour and a half and detailed information is given about our work in the garden, gardening tips and botanical information.
  • Weddings

    A beautiful venue for wedding photographs.


139 Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand