Garden Trail – Day One

Started off at the Amazing Iris Garden this morning (safest to do it when travelling from Tauranga, turning across two lanes of traffic is a bit of a nightmare) and heard what became a theme for the day – everything’s a bit later than usual this year.

The outstanding garden of Judy and John Mahar at Whakamarama

Still, every gardener’s in the same boat – including most of the visitors – so people are pretty understanding. Owner Wendy Begbie said that usually the garden is “gushing” at this time of the year. Didn’t look too bad to me. The garden is open daily until November 11 and then weekends into December – head on over to the Events page for the details.

I didn’t visit every garden on today’s trail, but did most of them (and have visited them all at one time or another) … every one I saw had something to recommend it. Friendly owners, good-looking plants and some HUGE gardens. The Mahar garden (pictured) had visitors in raptures. Well worth the almost 9km hike up from the main road.

Day 2 tomorrow takes in the Te Puna-Bethlehem-Tauriko area.

Don’t forget the Te Puna Quarry Park AGM is tomorrow night, guest speaker Geoff Brunsden on wildflowers and pollinators (details on the Events page). Apparently yesterday’s QuarryFest was a roaring success.

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