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 Trott Garden.
Marg was "born to 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.
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.
Phone +64 3 302 4717
Fax +64 3 302 4756
Marg & Bob Verrall
Hours Open by appointment only.
Garden Size 4 acres. Allow 1 hour for your visit.
Price Entry fee is $10 per person.
Off road parking for cars only. On road parking for buses and coaches.
Morning, Afternoon Tea's are available with prior arrangement.
A great place for wedding photos.
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.
No dogs please and Children must be supervised.
We are happy to show visitors around the garden.