The 50-hectare property of Liz Stringer and Rob Morrison has enjoyed many chapters in its rich history.
A hundred years ago it was a sheep farm of rolling paddocks and grass: lots of it!
Twenty years ago the couple purchased the property and began an ambitious project to establish a series of formal and informal gardens, with a sweeping cherry tree-lined lawn, croquet lawn with herbaceous borders, a sunken garden, orchard, and picking gardens.
They have also restored three hectares of natural wetlands and returned 10 hectares to native bush, planting close to 50,000 native trees and shrubs to date.
Hugging the homestead are immaculately sculpted buxus spheres. Another of the garden’s more unique features is its topiary ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’. When the breeze blows, these bears come to life.
A keen conservationist, Liz gardens by organic and sustainable principles. Along with opulent and romantic plantings, she takes pride in her organic fruit and vegetables that she enjoys distributing to friends and families in Wellington. These are often returned in the generous spirit in which they were given, in a processed form. Hazelnuts for example return as panforte or hazelnut butter.
Another special feature of Old Tablelands is the succulent collection. Many of Liz’s plants have been propagated from her grandmothers, some of which are now 50 years old.
The grounds are tended to by Liz and her amazing gardening team, she is very active choosing plants and bulbs and planning edible crops. She sets the overall creative direction for the many and varied areas of the garden.
Liz and Rob have generously opened Old Tablelands to the public for Pukaha in the past, and we are very grateful for their continuing support.