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Villaleigh Garden and Nursery

4051 Highway 22, Huntly 3772.


Located in the mighty Waikato, my current garden is approximately 2.5 acres and features all of the plants that I have for sale.  This allows me to see the plants in their finest (and worst!) and determine their suitability, hardiness and how they behave in the garden!  Being in the Waikato we have wet winters and being in a valley we also get our share of frosts, our summers are humid and I have had to build up shelterbelts on the southern and western sides of the property to filter our prevailing winds.  I am constantly on the lookout for new perennials to add to the garden, thus the lawn slowly gets smaller and smaller to make more room.  My garden is not limited to perennials, I use a range of trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents, natives, annuals and herbs in my planting schemes and also have planted a large range of fruit trees and have an extensive vegetable garden to meet the needs of my young family.

The Gardener

Gardening has been a hobby of mine for over 20 years.  During my son's treatment for cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma) in 2014-2016, my garden become a place of peace and retreat for me, a way to cope.  Once we had come through the treatment phase for Patrick's first cancer and our visits to the hospital became spaced apart I then saw the opportunity to create a business doing what I love and Villaleigh Plants was born.  The nursery took a break when Patrick was diagnosed in 2020 with second cancer (Ewings Sarcoma) and now we are back with many perennials to sell.  I look forward to being able to share my passion for perennials with others in this beautiful country through my online shop.

Garden Size

The garden is 2.5 acres, so allow 1-2 hours for your visit.

Other Facilities

I would also recommend planning a visit to Nikau Cave & Cafe http://nikaucave.co.nz/cafe (approx 30 mins from here) for a lovely lunch as part of your day out.


  • Price
    We don't charge an entrance fee.
  • Parking
    We have available parking in the section, for vehicles, up to a small bus size. Large buses have in the past parked at the gate to offload and then have waited either just in the entranceway off the road. There is also parking further up on the side of the road.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Some areas of the garden are not accessible for wheelchairs due to steps or narrow paths, the front lawn and surrounding garden and the gardens on either side of the driveway can be seen from a wheelchair.
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs please.
  • Food available?
    Visiting Garden Groups are able to enjoy a hot drink on the terrace.
  • Picnics
    Garden groups coming to visit sometimes bring their morning tea or afternoon tea to enjoy on the verandah. I have an urn so I can supply hot water if required.
  • Children allowed?
    Yes, children are welcome but must be supervised at all times as there is a large pond.
  • Toilets?
    There is a toilet available however it is not a disability toilet - only a standard entrance door, no handrails etc
  • Seating
    We have seating on the verandah for groups.
  • Plants/Sales
    All my plants are grown outdoors so are ready for planting straight into your garden. The main focus of the nursery is perennials but at times I will also be able to offer shrubs and succulents in the online shop. I grow all the perennials and other plants on site from seed, cuttings or division. They are grown on and sold in 9cm or 1 Litre sized containers. Our plants can only be shipped within New Zealand.
  • Guided Tours
    I am happy to talk to the group, sharing the story behind the garden and nursery.


4051 Highway 22, Huntly 3772.