Tarata is a 6 acre country garden. Owners, Adrienne & Grant, regard themselves as gardeners who still have much to learn but their focus remains on developing a garden that provides fuel for the body, mind and soul.

Apart from the invaluable assistance of one day each fortnight from Sarah, for both her great work and knowledge, Adrienne and Grant do all the work themselves.

139 Tararua Drive

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The ‘jewel in the crown’ at Tarata is a 2+ acre stand of remnant Tōtara forest on the southern boundary which Adrienne and Grant have complimented by significant additional native tree plantings on the northern, eastern and western boundaries. All these areas have meandering paths to enable exploration of the garden and experience what the Japanese call ‘forest bathing’. Native plantings include not only tōtara, but also Tarata, Pūriri, Kōwhai, Tītoki, Kānuka,, Manuka, Red Matipo (Māpou) and juvenile Mātai. Other trees planted include Walnuts, edible Chestnut, Macadamia, Almonds, Avocados, Hazel nuts, Pine nuts, Liquid Amber, Black Walnuts and 8 species of Oak.

The balance of the garden is…

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…full of surprises including a mini tea (Camellia sinensis) ‘plantation’, a wildflower area bordered by a rustic Tōtara fence, an Orange grove, caged berry gardens, asparagus beds, Rhododendrons, Japanese Maples, a Flowering Dogwoods grove, a large Gossamer grasses area, an outdoor wood fire and pizza oven entertaining area, several sculptures, a formal fountain, a Flowering Cherry tree avenue, plus traditional flower beds around the homestead.

Adrienne’s unique garden shed with its associated very useful recycled tubs is another point of interest. Rustic tool and firewood sheds add further character to the property.

And then there are the chooks, beehives, various fruit and citrus plus vegetable gardens and a glasshouse.

Character seats are scattered about the garden for resting and contemplating our debt to Mother Nature which Adrienne and Grant say the resident Tuis, Kererū, Korimako and Piwakawaka constantly remind them about.

And Grant says that the rabbit-proof perimeter fence is winning the war with the bunnies!

Bring cash for ceramic homeware on sale by local Poneke potters; including beautifully handmade mugs, bowls, vases and more.

There will also be refreshments from the popular Anderson Street Kitchen.

*Photos by Paul McCredie