When visiting Barewood gardens, the word potager springs to mind (from the middle English word Pottager, meaning 'kitchen garden'). A functional, inspiring garden set over 1.7 hectares of pristine and cultivated land, back-dropped by a functioning sheep farm.
Husband and wife team Carolyn and Joe Ferraby have created a calming, enveloping garden that the New Zealand Gardens trust have named as being of International Significance, gaining it a six star rating. The original homestead, which is over a hundred years old, is enveloped by nature of all varieties.
Eye catching features include an incredible hawthorn walkway, leading to a pond and orchard area, and a 20 metre pergola built by husband Joe, surrounded by rose gardens. Carolyn's floristry talents ensure that visitors are led on a wonderful journey of colours, sights, and scents, as many different seasonal plants take advantage of clever landscaping.
Two summer-houses break up the gardens into separate 'areas' and give a place for quite contemplation of the beauty that surrounds the visitor. Visit to the gardens is by appointment only from October to April, but well worth booking.
Phone: 03 575 7432