Native Tree Garden
Fourteen years ago Phil Keinzley had a vision to turn four hectares of farmland into a native tree garden to bring the birds, insects and eels to his land.
Though he often takes local gardening groups through his garden, this is the first time it has opened to visitors on Pukaha’s Wairarapa Garden tour.
If you love native trees of all shapes and sizes – especially some rare species, this is must see. You’ll find seven types of totara here – including golden and mountain varieties, five species of five finger and 20 different types of manuka and kanuka which the bees love.
Phil estimates with a combination of natural succession and planting there are now 20,000 trees in the garden. An impressive number of beech species – black, red and silver stand tall and cast a dappled light.
Kahikatea, rata and karaka trees provide welcome habitat for kereru, tui and a pair of moreporks who nest here regularly.
Phil enjoys the peace and tranquillity of his native tree garden, taking pride in knowing that efforts now offer a safe haven for birds, aquatic life and insects.