A plant enthusiast’s garden, it is still being developed but has many interesting and rare plants that attract interest. The sweeping valley views from the garden and the sound of the river extend the garden towards the forest park at the head of the valley.
Large lawn areas on several levels are connected by many stone-walled paths that allow plants to be viewed at different levels. A large collection of acers is complemented by the underplanting of hostas, irises and rhododendrons. Dams are surrounded by water plants with bog areas being developed.
Spring and summer are the best times to visit but this is a garden that provides interest all year. Don’t forget to leave room in the boot of your car for those plants you won’t be able to resist from the nursery.
John is an ex-school teacher and Trish a mum who has a great interest in plants. They have developed a small nursery that has a reputation for producing an interesting range of plants. They are members of IPPS and the iris society and are avid plant collectors. The garden has an interesting collection of acers with about 85 varieties of palmatum dissectum in the garden.
Situated 6 km from the centre of Thames, this 4-acre hillside garden overlooks the Kauaeranga River.
We regularly cater for weddings. We can put couples in touch with celebrants and caterers. We prefer only to have the ceremony and drinks in the garden and can arrange the use of the local hall across the road.
442 Kauaeranga Valley Road, Thames, Coromandel, Waikato
From Auckland • Take SH1 south toward Hamilton. • Take exit 477 to merge with SH2. • After 33km take a slight left on SH25 following the signs for Thames. • After 23km at the roundabout take the 1st exit on Ngati Maru Highway/SH26. • After 5km turn right on to Banks Street then slight right to Parawai Road. • After 2km continue on to Kauaeranga Valley Road Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery will be about 4km along on your right.