If you only get one idea from a garden you visit, it’s worth the trip. Even if it’s an idea you don’t want to use – someone else has saved you the time and energy of trying something you don’t like. Hooray! I went to see ten of the eighteen gardens open to visitors as part of the Wairarapa Garden Tour last weekend. Rural and urban, large and small, new and established. Every garden was a labour of love. It was a huge privilege to be invited into each by its owners. It’s an act of trust and bravery to share something so personal with people we don’t know. Sure, some I liked more than others and it wasn’t always the ones I expected to learn from that had the most to teach me. But thanks to the generosity of all those great gardeners the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre has raised more funds.
Next weekend one of Ohariu Valley’s private gardens will be open to the public for a sculpture walk. Enjoy Steuart Welch’s amazing steel sculptures in the idyllic setting of Fee and David Weaver’s country garden, 11am – 4pm Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2013 Pepped Warbeck, 654 Ohariu Valley Road, Ohariu Valley, Wellington. Tickets $10 per person available at the gate. Brown bag lunches available to purchase. Unsuitable for wheelchairs and children under 12.