544A Lumsden Mossburn Highway
Owner: Lynda Gilkison
Phone: 03 248 7206 or 027 620 9867
Entrance Fee: $5
Size Of Garden: Large
Age Of Garden: 22 years
Style: Formal country garden
Picnics Allowed: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Brookhaven derived its name from the stream that flows throughout the garden, where it cascades down the terrace into a pond. My style of gardening comes from my belief of always having a peaceful garden that still holds a feeling of space. This is achieved by the expansive lawns, with a large specimen tree that catches your eye.
The garden has been in development for the past 22 years, but originated in the early 1900’s with the building of the homestead. This history is shown through the large Spreading Elm, which dominates the garden.
The colour is dramatised by the foliage, mass plantings of Silver Pears, Maples, Malus’s and an avenue of Flowering Cherries. This succeeds to give colour to the native planting scheme. Plants are chosen so they can flourish in the drought prone, stony soils.
The garden appears to have different rooms merging into one, framed formally by Buxus hedges. The orchard contains two massive Walnut trees as well as Pears, Cherries and the sought after floury cooking apples. Make your way through the maze of Pittopsrum Hedges, open the door and you will follow a path through the native section, where there are surprises that will delight at every corner.
Make sure to stop and play a game of chess on our giant teak chess set, which sits beside a striking fountain. Or have a picnic while enjoying the beautiful scenery.