Winchmore Gardens is a 1.8ha country garden, set among 5ha of original homestead trees, and developed where the original Winchmore Estate Homestead was built prior to 1870. The original trees were planted after the estate lease was taken up in 1853, on the treeless Mid-Canterbury Plains and were planted to resemble the landlords home in London; these include many oaks, wellingtonia and poplar.
Today's garden has been developed over the past 50 years to enhance these great old trees. Cuttings have been taken to extend the original Buxus hedging along the winding drive, to encompass these many plantings.
From the first sightings of hellebore and snowdrops in late winter, then the colour of spring bulbs, camellias, and rhododendrons mingling with the scents and sights of blossoms, irises, peonies, azaleas, the bursting leaves of maples, perennials, hostas and rose, through to the autumn flowers and changing shades of colour, Winchmore Gardens has something of interest for all garden lovers.
We are a 5-10 minute drive from the Trotts Garden.
Marg was "born to the garden", helping in the family garden from a very young age. She married a farmer and has developed an enthusiastic passion for growing and enjoying trees and their colour. Bob is a 3rd generation farmer whose property has been in the family for 80 years. Enjoys doing the bigger jobs associated with the garden and takes pride in keeping the legacy of the old trees.
4 acres. Allow 1 hour for your visit.
Only available for photos. Check with Marg for a price.
1023 Methven Highway, Ashburton
Our garden is located at 1023 Methven Highway, just 10 minutes from Ashburton and 15 minutes from Methven. Sign post at the gate. We are a 5-10 minute drive from the Trott garden.