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private garden


8 B Barnsley Crescent (Group garden entrance at 211 Halkett Road). West Melton.


The garden was created in 2014 to provide year-round interest from the first English snowdrops (Galanthus) in July through to the dahlias, asters and other perennials flowering until the first frosts in May.

The grounds feature rhododendrons, deciduous azaleas, camellias, cornus, maples, magnolias, viburnums, roses underplanted with hostas, paeonies, irises, geraniums, lilies, dahlias, asters and a wide variety of perennials. Other features include a raised vegetable garden, alpine rockery, obelisks, garden sculpture, rill and fountain courtyard.

The Gardener

The plan for the garden was created by renowned Christchurch landscape architect, Robert Watson.

Helen won the Gardena NZ Gardener of the Year competition in 2015 acknowledging her work in bringing to fruition Brian and Helen's joint vision for the garden following Brian losing his legs in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Garden Size

Our property, Stoneycrop, is a 3600m2 garden—allow at least an hour for your visit.


  • Price
    $10 per person.
  • Parking
    Group vehicle parking is available at our gate at 211 Halkett Road. However we can accommodate 2-3 cars up to the house.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The garden has been designed by us as an accessible garden and is wheelchair friendly.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Dogs- no (apart from disability assistance dogs)
  • Food available?
    Morning or afternoon tea for groups by arrangement for an additional $7 per person.
  • Picnics
    Yes please bring a picnic if you wish, please take away your rubbish.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes, children are welcome, please supervise at all times.
  • Toilets?
    An accessible toilet is available.
  • Seating
    We have seating around the grounds.
  • Plants/Sales
    Plant stall available at gate at 211 Halkett Road.
  • Weddings

    We host wedding ceremonies and photos only.  No receptions. 


8 B Barnsley Crescent (Group garden entrance at 211 Halkett Road). West Melton.

Stoneycrop is situated 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport. From Christchurch City travel west on SH73 towards Arthurs Pass for approximately 15 km. Turn right into Halkett Road, then take the second left into Rossington Drive (Halkett Grove subdivision). Barnsley Crescent is first on the right.