Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Historic 'Dursley Gardens"



I made a visit today to the Historic Dursley Garden in Bideford and was shown around the by the gardens owner, the very effervescent Judith Callaghan.
Sadly the the iris in the Del are a few days away from pea
k bloom.

The Gardens were originally designed by Alfred Buxton
in 1916 when the property was known as Te Rangi Pai. The name changed to Dursley in the 1930's.
The 300 roses and original plantings of trees growing throughout the gardens, the views to the hills allow a visitor to see Buxtons vision still t

Car Park Greetings

Driveway view

Judith informed me that when the Callaghans took over the garden in 1972 they removed seven truckloads of debris before beginning to recover the garden area around the flowing driveway

Iris vistas

Solomon's Seal

The other visitor at the Iris Del

If you are in the Wairarapa Region give this garden for all seasons a visit, you will not be disappointed. Hopefully the large Iris Del will be in bloom when I return.
Thanks Judith for an amazing morning


  1. beautiful pictures,presentation

    await more...

  2. It looks like a lovely garden to visit. Stretching it out to a few visits will allow you to see early and late blooming plants. I enjoy seeing how the iris are integrated with other plants in the garden.
    The photo of the iris in front of the solomon's seal makes me think I should have given more space around my solomon's seal plantings after all.


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