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A visit to Barewood is fantastical.  To pull up in the driveway, step through the gate and see an old homestead, appearing to nest on a bed of flowers, dripping in translucent white wisteria feels entirely secret and totally unreal! The drive up the Awatere Valley from Seddon with its bare hills, flats full of grape vines and the looming rocky skyline of Tapuae-o-Uenuku gives no hint at the eden you will arrive at.  Barewood, like many large New Zealand gardens of its kind, is the home base of a wider farming property. Struggles

As I’ve fallen further down this gardening rabbit hole and the idea to capture and share the intimacy of NZ gardens on film grew closer to reality….I knew that Winterhome would be at the top of my list.  I first visited Winterhome at Garden Marlborough in 2018. It was the first day of my first garden tour and I remember well the feeling of dragging my jaw around the endless avenues, paths and moments of glory of this garden. I simply could not believe that I had spent 38 years driving up and down the

The first thing I’d like to stress, is that you do NOT need to be a knowledgeable, experienced or even a fanatical gardener to attend Garden Marlborough. The special and starkly different atmosphere’s created by these gardeners will appeal to anyone whose wheels are spun by design, vibe, detail and spaces.  The next thing is,  …. you do not need to have a BIG garden to leave bursting with translatable ideas and a guaranteed boost to your enthusiasm. 90% of the gardens I visited at Garden Marlborough are the product of people with

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