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Winchmore Gardens

1023 Methven Highway, Ashburton


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.

The Gardener

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.

Garden Size

4 acres. Allow 1 hour for your visit.

Other Facilities

We are a 5-10 minute drive further on from Trotts Gardens and 35 minutes from Cedar Park Gardens


  • Accommodation
    No, but we are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
  • Price
    Entry fee is $10 per person.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for cars only. On-street parking for buses and coaches.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Yes, and we have facilities for the disabled.
  • Food available?
    Morning, Afternoon Tea's and meals can be arranged.
  • Children allowed?
    No dogs please and children must be supervised.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Seating throughout the garden, together with the manicured lawns, makes this peaceful garden an ideal spot for picnics. We welcome visitors to take time to enjoy the many varied plantings and ponder the beauty of the gardens and trees, many of which have lasted the test of time, in what must have originally been a very harsh environment.
  • Plants/Sales
  • Guided Tours
    Yes, we are happy to show visitors around the garden.
  • Weddings

    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.