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Garden Three - 58 Thornton Road - Colleen & Peter Dromgool

Colleen & Peter Dromgool’s property in Thornton Road has been transformed.  The pink concrete house built in 1923 is now an updated charcoal with modern extensions.  The Dromgool’s purchased the property 4 years ago and have removed 63 trees that crowded the section so they could start with a blank canvas.  They kept just one tree, an apple tree near the road. This garden is “about foliage and fruit trees”.  Colleen prefers group planting.  This is obvious as you...

August 26, 2019

Garden, refreshments and more - 21 Racecourse Road, Harriet Di Maio

A delight to visit this country garden set on 2 ½ acres on the outskirts of Cambridge.  After wandering the property Harriett and I sat down to chat in the large kitchen of the 1916 homestead which Harriett and her husband had had re-located in three pieces from Palmerston North. American Maples make the driveway an impressive sight together with the two large willows that dominate the front lawn.  The road boundary of the property is lined with cherry trees accompanied by two avocado...

August 19, 2019

Gorgeous country garden - Helen & Ken Haycock - 1012 Kaipaki Road

Helen and Ken Haycock’s property on Kaipaki Road is a garden not to be missed.  I visited on an extremely crisp winter morning after a heavy frost and we sat in the sun chatting – overlooking the spacious front lawn and garden.  Dominating the entrance is a large 80-year old copper beech – bare of foliage now but will be a sight to behold at the time of the Garden Festival in November. Ken and Helen have lived at the property for 10 years after moving from 25 acres in the rolling...

August 12, 2019

A large country garden - 434 Pencarrow Road - Christiene & Karl Ulrich

Ailsa and I travelled out to Pencarrow Road again on another beautiful cloudless winter’s day to meet with Christiene and Karl Ulrich.  Christiene was at the door before the car pulled up. Our first move was a tour of her very large paintings throughout the house.  Much of this art was purchased from America.  Christiene is happy to show these works of art to any festival goers who are particularly interested. The artists are: Michael Cheval:      &...

August 5, 2019

An impressive Country Garden - 308 Pencarrow Road - Denise & Pat Donnelly

Impressive is Denise and Pat Donnelly’s country garden in Pencarrow Road.  It was developed from a blank canvas over 9 years. Ailsa and I visited the garden on a sunny winter’s afternoon.  A large garden with lots to see, so it’s not surprising that we stayed a long time.  Our hosts provided loads of interesting information. Two things immediately struck me about the garden – group planting and topiary.  And I should add the touches of fantasy dotted around the garden...

August 5, 2019

An Amazing Garden of Rooms - in just 3 years - 119 St Kilda Road - Glenda & Steve Saunders

We were late arriving from our previous garden, but Glenda and Steve Saunders were so welcoming.  They have designed and built an extremely impressive garden in less than 4 years.  Their concept is of little rooms and outdoor areas, light in the winter and shady in the summer. Glenda’s vision is amazing, and she designed the garden herself.  The “resident gorilla” made it happen.  He’s built a pergola and tended a beautiful lawn.  As an aside, the quality of the ...

August 5, 2019

Back by special request - Hydrangeas and more - 97 Wells Place - Jan & Bill Mathers

A hydrangea enthusiast and collector.  This is Jan Mathers. Jan and Bill’s acre of farmland on the outskirts of Cambridge has been transformed since 2001 to the beautiful garden it is today with over 160 varieties of hydrangeas. Most of her hydrangea came from the Woodleigh nursery in Taranaki. Jan emphasised why she keeps some of her hydrangeas in pots. The acidic Waikato soils turn hydrangeas blue, whereas neutral potting mix keeps their natural colour.  But it’s not just hydran...

August 5, 2019

Take Time to Smell the Roses - 70 Thornton Road - Shelley & Glenn Williamson

I visited Shelley and Glenn Williamson’s Thornton Road garden on a cool but fine winter’s morning on my own.  Ailsa was occupied at a Stork Party. They have lots of roses.  Shelley hadn’t counted them, but we estimated more than 60.  This garden will be magnificent come November. When I visited, I could see many thorns but not too many roses. So, Shelley told me about the roses.  Many are David Austin roses.  She quickly mentioned Graham Thomas, Evelyn and Leander,...

August 5, 2019

Fantastic Use of a Small Urban Space - in only 2 years! - 62 Thornton Road - Jeanette & Harold Lovegrove

Jeanette and Harold Lovegrove have demonstrated so explicitly just what can be done with a small urban garden.  And they have done all of this in just over 2 years.  They had come from a huge garden in Tamahere. Jeanette did the landscaping, getting lots of ideas from magazines like NZ House & Garden.  Initially the back of the property was empty, and they have established everything themselves.  Jeanette has made lots of use of growing in pots.  She even has placed pot...

August 5, 2019

Colourful, imaginative art and a garden transformation - 19 Queen Street - ARTIST - Carole Hughes

Hidden away in the middle of this town block is a gem of a property.  Originally 0.3ha (3/4’s acre), Carole’s property included natives, roses, camellias, trees and a white garden.  In 2015 when Carole’s daughter and son in law purchased the section next door, the tennis court area was subdivided off to create their home and the garden underwent a refresh and transformation to suit the smaller section. While there are still plenty of roses and camellias, the focus is on creating ...

August 5, 2019

Birds and art - as well as some lovely plants! - Birds and art - as well as some lovely plants! - 18 De La Mare Avenue - ARTIST - Dot & Barry Harding

Dot has provided us with this great history of their garden, and some information on their wonderful art. When I met Barry in 2005 his 2000m² property was 3/4 bare. On the left of the driveway were Hebe's and Flax plants while the inside front garden had a spindly Kowhai and a young Silk Tree. Behind the house was a pile of organic rubbish where some vege plants were attempting to grow. There was also a huge Ornamental Pear Tree well established. I had limited knowledge of gardening a...

August 5, 2019

2019 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival

Welcome to the 2019 Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival 1000 people enjoyed the beautiful gardens of Cambridge at last years Rotary Cambridge Garden Festival, and we raised almost $30,000 for charity. We are all ready to show you more of our wonderful gardens this year.Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 16th August at www.cgf.nz, Cambridge Jewellers, and Amber Garden Centre. Prices are the same as last year - $30.00 per person, for early bird sales until 30th September.After that date, the price w...

July 15, 2019

Tips & Tricks for your day at the Cambridge Garden Festival

Google Maps is a wonderful invention, but sometimes it gets a bit confused about where properties actually are.   Garden One - 97 Wells Place is actually at a different location on Wells Place.  See the map with the arrow above, and we will have signs out to help you find the accurate location. On the other hand - we have some human error too!  We accidentally put the incorrect address on the Lilies by Blewden location on the map.  If you have purchased tickets, you...

November 9, 2018

26 Queen Street, photos

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November 2, 2018

Traditional Villa Garden - a sight to see

This lovely garden has been crafted over the years by Louise and Duncan McGillivray.  In central Cambridge, the traditional villa is surrounded by trees, lawns, box hedges. Over the 14 year that they have been here, they have taken the established garden that they inherited and added fruit trees and a much bigger vegetable area. Louise & Duncan have always had a garden, but this is their largest one. Some trees have been removed or cut back and most of the flowers have been changed to suit ...

November 2, 2018

Joy and Des Bells garden at 3 Boulton Street, Norfolk Downs

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October 23, 2018

Final showing (possibly) of this lovely garden

When Joy and Des Bell purchased their house and property in Norfolk Downs 8 years ago there was a minimalistic garden with Laurel trees at the front and 18 olive trees around the perimeter. Having moved from 15 years on a 10 acre block with a 2 acre garden then to a to a 1 ½ acre garden and then to this ¼ acre town section, it was quite a change for these avid gardeners. Joy started with a green and white theme but soon missed the colour of her old gardens. In conjunction with daughter Wendy...

October 23, 2018

Garden Transformation photos of 12 Williams St

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October 16, 2018

Garden Transformation

Shirley is the owner of this garden which illustrates the dangers of being in real estate.  Through her work she sees a number of homes and gardens, and from time to time, Shirley discovers a property that she can transform. When she purchased this1960's cottage 2 years ago, it was a blank canvas and had a garden that was sparse and unloved.  The gardens were bare, there were 2 cherry trees and a rotten back fence.  The weeping cherry died, so an artistic twist has been designed l...

October 16, 2018

Wetlands, Parks, Reserves and beautiful gardens

St Kilda is a new suburb of Cambridge and our two gardens showcase the suburb, with modern structural gardens that interact with the wetlands and parks and reserves of the area.Ground was broken on the 80 hectare St Kilda development in mid 2012.  A total of 285 sections are to be developed, and many are already well established with lovely gardens.   St Kilda is an energy efficient and eco friendly development, built around 4 hectares of wetlands, parks and reserves. We are delig...

October 9, 2018

Our 2 St Kilda Gardens at 20 Baxter Michael Crescent

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October 8, 2018

St Kilda - how it came into being

Matt Smith was the owner of a dairy farm with 400 milking cows had a dilemma when the Waikato Expressway cut his farm in half. He solved the problem about what to do with it by developing the property into a subdivision with a rural lifestyle with a residential feel. It was to be free of rigid fences with no two houses the same and all with solar panels. The average sections are 1600m2. It is a a community where it is safe to commute around with off road paved walks and boardwalks arou...

October 8, 2018

Lilies by Blewden - special Behind the Scenes Tour

At the Cambridge Garden Festival this year, we are privileged to be able to offer 100 tickets for the Behind the Scenes Tour of Lilies by Blewdens.  These one hour tours are available at 9am, 10am, 11am and midday.There are only 40 tickets left - the cost is an additional $10 per person and you can purchase them only on the Cambridge Garden Festival website at Lilies Tour.The Cambridge News wrote an excellent article on what they do out at Lilies by Blewden.  For more informa...

September 28, 2018

Learn more about Hydrangeas - old and new from Jan and Bill Mathers

From the old Hydrangeas in your grandparents gardens to the new small Hydrangeas that are suitable for smaller town gardens, Jan and Bill have experimented and learned about this plant over the years.  They have many varieties in their garden, come and visit their garden at 97 Wells Place, Cambridge - and learn more. The genus HYDRANGEA Hydrangeas or hortensia is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, and Indon...

September 26, 2018

8 Different types of Hydrangeas in Jan and Bill Mathers Garden

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