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Historic homestead gardens, small town gardens and rambling country gardens feature in this November’s Wairarapa Garden Tour, an annual fundraiser for Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

Te Puhi: Te Puhi (meaning “the wind’) is an historic house and garden dating from 1868 that will feature in November’s Wairarapa Garden Tour, a fundraiser for the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. Photo credit: Pete Monk.

This year 16 private gardens located in Featherston, Martinborough, Ponatahi and Greytown will open exclusively to the public for the two-day, self-drive tour being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2016. Event organiser John Gilberthorpe says visitors to the region will come away inspired after seeing such a variety of landscaping styles, flowers, plants and trees.

“The gardens in this year’s Wairarapa Garden Tour are so varied and full of interest that people will be amazed,” he says.

“Of the 16 gardens featured, there are two historic properties in Te Puhi just on the outskirts of Featherston and the amazing Tablelands just out of Martinborough, which both have a rich heritage and amazing stories. There are parkland and cottage styles represented as well as a remarkable transformation of a bare paddock into a gorgeous country garden. This is now full of natives that attract birdlife; shrubs, roses and incredible dedicated iris beds with over 750 iris varieties in them.”

Mr Gilberthorpe said details of all 16 gardens and their locations will progressively be added to the website www.wairarapagardentour.co.nz.

Proceeds raised from the garden tour will assist with conservation work at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, located 20 minutes’ drive north of Masterton.

Ticket sales will begin on 27th September at a price of $45. Tickets are available online from www.wairarapagardentour.org.nz or from five Wairarapa sales outlets including Pukaha Mount Bruce Visitor Centre; i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in Masterton and Martinborough; Clareville Nursery & Garden Centre; and The Good Mood Company in Greytown.

For more information contact:Event Organiser John Gilberthorpe Ph: 06 304 9698 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moa Gardens: This country garden started 10 years ago as a bare paddock without even a single tree. The owner began by planting natives around the garden for shelter and to attract birds, following this with shrubs, roses and flower beds. A number of arbours and trellises were erected as well, with plantings and structures being linked together to give an impression of different garden rooms. About three years ago the owner caught the ‘iris virus’ and started digging dedicated iris beds, and now there are over 750 iris varieties in the garden. With an artist in residence, this garden reflects the originality of the owner providing surprises and lovely vistas at every turn.