Redbank Estate Vineyard
The quiet solitude of Deborah’s garden provides her with the much-needed thinking time a busy business owner needs. Deborah, an award-winning journalist and newspaper columnist, former Act MP and author, has recently sold the bookshop she established in Martinborough to start a publishing company. I’m sure much of her inspiration and ideas are born in that garden think-time.
224 Te Muna Road
The circa 13ha property on Te Muna Road (te reo Māori for secret or special place) lives up to its translated name. Redbank Estate vineyard is truly a very special place for Deborah and her husband Colin Carruthers to relax, and enjoy the birds, and the animals – including two Labradors.
Creating the garden hasn’t been all poppies and roses; the first fruit trees and shrubs Deborah carefully chose and planted 15 years ago were all ripped out by a classic Wairarapa nor’westerly. Then the wicked Wairarapa frost killed off the next plantings. Determined not to be beaten, the fruit trees were planted in a fully enclosed cage – serving multiple purposes, to shelter from the wind and frost as well as to protect the fruit from birds.
Pots and sculptures are dotted around the property with wildflowers growing in between the pavers the garden is a reflection of Deborah’s desire to bring joy into her family’s lives. Deborah describes her garden as “a really good friend”.
You’ll also find a delightful selection of garden related books on display at Redbank available for sale from the local Martinborough Bookshop.