Chris’s Garden

Originally this homestead and garden were called Willowgrove, however when the previous owner rebuilt next door the new home retained the Willowgrove name.  This garden reflects Chris, his hard work, care and passion and therefore it is simply Chris’s garden.


3 Pokohiwi Road

Chis loves the creativity and design of gardening, it is a sanctuary to discard worldly issues and a place to relax, connect and seek peace.  The tangible evidence of the love and care expressed in the garden brings an overwhelming sense of achievement and Chris is delighted to share that with you in his first time ever being open to the public. 

The 1918 villa included a tennis court, water wheel and some fantastic specimen trees as the bones of the garden area being about a hectare.  The foundations of many of these are still evident. 

Previous owners have had stock graze the garden (shocking!) and others have added a little of themselves to the design, but it has been Chris and his vision to fully restore the garden to complement the villa that you will see on tour.

The woodland garden is

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reminiscent of a secret garden, with lots of winding pathways under glorious mature canopies with intertwining rooms, sculptures, and other visual delights popping out at practically every turn.  When exploring this garden, you can easily imagine the famous five running around chortling in delight.  Of particular interest, and a highlight in the garden is the brick bridge over the old Pokohiwi stream.

The garden attracts many species of birds, bugs, and indeed pests which Chris actively tries to manage.  You would never know this garden existed when looking from the road and we are delighted to debut this garden on the Pūkaha Wairarapa Garden Tour.