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Trotts Garden
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2014 Nov 028

private garden

Trotts Garden

371 Racecourse Road, Ashburton


A renowned garden which has international acclaim, Trott’s Garden, has been home to Alan and Catherine Trott and their family for thirty-seven years. In September 2017 the garden was sold to the newly formed Trott’s Garden Charitable Trust to ensure this beautiful garden remains accessible to people from all over the world who admire this local New Zealand paradise. Trott's Garden was planned from the beginning. The woodland area was developed around a series of gently curving paths. Later the water gardens were added and finally the English inspired formal gardens. The layout is such that the garden areas are integrated yet contain elements of surprise as the visitor explores.

The dappled woodland areas offer garden rooms planted with unusual shrubs and trees, followed by vistas of the immaculate lawn. Emphasis on the choice and placement of trees and shrubs means the garden is equally stunning in form and colour, all year round.

Structures are a feature of this area and include a gazebo, belvedere, large dovecote, and frames for pleaching.

Some 50 species of magnolia, 70 different kinds of maples and 40 different varieties of the dogwood family give some idea of the scale of the woodland area, then add hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas, underplanted with flowering woodland plants and ground covers.

Bordering the woodland garden and flowing into it, is a stream edged with a fine collection of moisture-loving plants.

A boardwalk adds structural interest and allows visitors to enjoy beautiful plantings close to hand. And further on past the bog garden, the stream flows into a pond edged with many fine water plants, lilies and iris. The pond, from the near side, is free of plantings, and so reflects a perfect image of the sky and garden beyond.

Large brick and iron gates welcome the visitor to the chapel and formal garden. A study of perfect dimension and scale, this garden relies on tall hedging, a grid of specimen trees, long borders, clipped topiary, and elegant garden furniture, to create formality and grandeur.

Visitors who have enjoyed the famous gardens of Britain and middle Europe will relish the formal detail of roses planted inset squares, the Buxus edgings, knot garden and long deep perennial borders. A true delight of this garden is the choice of plantings most suited to the South Island's distinctive climate.

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The Gardener

The Trott's Garden Charitable Trust volunteer team wants you to join them. We are always keen to welcome new members to use some of their spare time to help with The Trott's Garden activities. There are a variety of roles to choose from and our enthusiastic, friendly team appreciates all contributions. No matter what you get involved in, our volunteers are vital to the charitable works of The Garden and making sure our visitors get the best-ever day out.

These are just some examples of how you can help:​


You don’t need to be an expert. Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can join our enthusiastic and friendly gardening team to help maintain the various areas of this wonderful garden with the guidance of the gardening team. Our gardener Leanne Davis leads the volunteer team and she can be contacted on info@trotts.co.nz.

Lawn Mowing:

The lawn mowing team is led by the very able Lindsay Jones. They enjoy the opportunity to get out on the ride on and tidy up the lawns once or twice a week. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Lindsay on jone5y@xtra.co.nz

Hosting Visitors:

You are welcome to join our enthusiastic and friendly team of garden hosts. This role greets visitors on arrival and points them in the right direction to get the most out of their visit to Trott's Garden. The Hosting team is led by Carol Haskett. You can email Carol on carol@haskett.co.nz


At times the garden is host to national and international garden tours and we provide them with morning and afternoon tea or lunch. The catering team is led by Margaret Rickard and you can contact her on  rickard5@xtra.co.nz

Garden Size

3 hectares / allow 1-2 hrs


Trott's Garden offers a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions - all year round. Combining picturesque garden landscapes with our amazing EA Networks Pavilion, which can seat up to 250 people, you can have your whole day in this beautiful paradise. You can have your ceremony in the gorgeous historic chapel or pick a spot in the garden - the choice is yours. Striking panoramas provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding photographs, whilst your guests will enjoy wandering the grounds and soaking up the surroundings. Your wedding reception is held in The EA Networks Pavilion. The Pavilion can accommodate large, lavish occasions as well as smaller, intimate celebrations. You are welcome to bring your own caterer and drinks - ensuring your guests and budget are well served.

Other Facilities

Nestled in the formal part of Trott's Garden is a delightful chapel, built-in Ashburton in 1916 and moved onto the property in 1999. The interior features superb native New Zealand timbers and many of the original church furnishings.

Winchmore Garden highway 77 is located 13kms west of Ashburton on Hwy 77 and are signposted at the gate. It is a 5-10 minute drive from the Trott garden.

We are 45 minutes from Cedar Park Gardens


  • Accommodation
    No, however, there is a local accommodation in Ashburton that we are happy to recommend.
  • Price
    We have an entry fee of $5 per adult with children under 12yrs free. Donations can be made to the Trott's Garden Charitable Trust bank account held at BNZ Ashburton. Our bank account is 02 0836 0261534 00 If you donate please email us at info@trotts.co.nz and let us know your name and address so we can send you a receipt.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The garden is accessible for prams and wheelchairs in most areas.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No, only assistance animals are allowed.
  • Food available?
    Morning afternoon tea and lunches are available by arrangement.
  • Picnics
    Feel free to bring a picnic - there are many spots to enjoy in the garden.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise as we have ponds in the garden.
  • Toilets?
    Toilet facilities are available.
  • Seating
    Yes, there is seating around the garden.
  • Plants/Sales
    Not at this time.
  • Function Center?
    Yes, a permanent marquee which seats up 250 people is available for weddings and special occasions. Available for Functions all year round.
  • Guided Tours
    Groups and Free Independent Travellers are welcome. Bookings are essential for groups. Morning and afternoon tea, lunches as well as guided tours with Alan Trott are available upon request for groups. Please email info@trotts.co.nz with the details of your tour.


371 Racecourse Road, Ashburton

One hour south of Christchurch city and 3 km from Ashburton and S/H 1.travelling south - turn first right upon entering Ashburton into Racecourse Road then travel 3.5 k. Garden on left.