Nine years ago Dan and Sue Hughes embarked on a journey to turn a quarter acre of flat lawn into distinct outdoor spaces each with a purpose…
20 Upper Plain Road
In keeping with their house, a historic Whatman cottage built in Masterton in the 1920s for returning soldiers, the small garden spans three distinct areas: formal, entertainment and productive.
The formal area, close to the front entrance displays 45 rose varieties including Sir Edmund Hillary and Dublin Bay, clipped box hedging and a home-made waterfall feature. Beside the fishpond is a calm spot to sit and watch them dart about while listening to the cascading water.
Peeking under the wisteria, along the boundary fence you’ll notice Dan’s unique working Garden Railway.
Follow the train throughout the garden. The entertainment area flows through to the productive areas. Raised vegetable garden beds, a chook house, a hydroponic shed, and rain-water collection to irrigate the garden all showcase sustainable gardening in action.
Ornamental cherry trees shade the decking area where Dan and Sue enjoy relaxing in summer. It’s a place to stop and reflect on their hard work; a place to de-stress and slow-down. Rose Cottage garden is a joy they share together.
A newcomer to Pūkaha’s garden tour, this is the first time opening to the public.