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Garden of National Significance

CHS Awards

A Garden of Distinction

Garden of Excellence Award 2000 - 2001


“The Ashburton District has been our home all our lives. This area is one of the most progressive in New Zealand with private enterprise driving the local economy. It could never be considered a conservative environment.

If we wish to continue to compete and promote our district, we have to have a competitive and high standard of presentation.

Our commitment is to present a top attraction for local, national and international visitors. Our marketing strategy can only bring positive results for the town and the Ashburton district"

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.

Trott's Garden has been awarded the prestigious "Garden of National Significance" by the New Zealand Garden Trust, for gardens considered to be outstanding for their horticultural value in plant material, cultivation, design, construction, and maintenance.



The Woodland Garden

The dappled woodland areas offer garden rooms planted with unusual shrubs and trees, followed by vistas of 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 dove cote, 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, under planted with flowering woodland plants and ground covers.





stream, bog garden and pond

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

A board walk 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.





formal garden

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 in set 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.