Just 15 minutes out of Invercargill is Tudor Park Garden, a Country garden created from small beginnings over the last 16 years by Joyce and her late husband John. As the name suggests the house is neo-Tudor. The garden design reflects this with its English feel and character, which combines formality in structure with relaxed planting.
Hedges, pergolas, a belvedere, a canal, bridges over ponds and many seats with vistas within the garden and the surrounding countryside encourage visitors to explore further. Structures have been clothed with roses, many heritage, and hedges using many different species to define and enclose different areas. Plants are my great interest and are used to enhance the environment.
The long walk pergolas support rambling roses, the rondel old shrub roses, the ponds and their surrounds water plants, the woodland areas rhododendrons, trilliums and maples all being underplanted with many bulbs [snowdrops, bluebells and many more] and perenials.
The structures within the garden and the plants used have made this an environment for many native birds, including tuis, bellbirds, fantails and welcome swallows.
Tudor Park has been described as "a must see, the highlight of our tour" by local and overseas visitors.
The garden has been featured in:
Weekend Gardener, January 2003 & January 2005
Your Home and Garden, January 2002
NZ House and Garden, September 2010
New Zealand Gardener 2013
Winner Large Garden Southland 2000
Open by appointment, group bookings advised in advance.