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8. Riverlea

367 Corbett Rd
This peaceful, large, and diverse garden flows around a relocated and restored 120-year-old villa. Since 2003, Ann and Vince, owners of Big Jim’s Garden Centre, have poured their talents and passion into creating Riverlea. To form varied vistas, they have engaged an array of ideas, including establishing a perennial border, woodland garden and maple walk. Also, a boardwalk to the river starring native plants, opens to a new area with rimu, kauri, nikau and more. Buses by arrangement.

Also In the area:

1. Tikorangi, The Jury Garden

When the Jurys re-opened last year, the extensive new summer gardens had their first showing. This year, the new project is the Wild North Garden—a 1.6ha extension that has been 30 years in the making. Read More >

2. Waiongana Gardens

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3. Winlea Acre

An immaculate award-winning open-style garden that boasts a huge lawn with plantings on either side. The amazing variety of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, fruits and vegetables, skilfully planted in this garden provide a wonderful example of what can be achieved in short spaces of time with vision and expertise. Read More >