Doreen and Michael purchased their small farm in 1989. The garden has evolved and changed over the last 28 years from a very small lawn with a silver birch and gum tree surrounding a small house. The fences have been moved numerous times, the house has been extended, a bulldozer used to create contour to the flat paddock. Leyland cypress and poplars were planted straight away to create some shelter from the Norwest winds. The 2-acre garden is a delight to visit from mid-October through to Autumn but at its best over late spring and early summer. Hedges and topiaries feature throughout the garden that gives formality and all year round structure. The numerous hedges are also used to propagate the 1000s of cuttings that are grown and sold in the nursery and online. This garden offers a range of different borders planted with combinations of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, rhododendrons, roses, peonies, hostas and an abundance of perennials. A native area blends with the landscape with mass plantings of poa citaTrees have been planted throughout the large lawn to give a park-like effect. Large rocks have been incorporated to add interest.The small nursery beside the garden specialises in hedging plants, Buxus, lonicera, teucrium and escallonia being the most popular. Many other plants seen growing in the garden are propagated and sold in the nursery including shrubs, perennials, natives, grasses, roses, and topiaries.
Doreen and Michael fatten beef cattle on their farm. Between the farm, nursery and garden and their other interests, they have a good life balance and enjoy sharing their passion for gardening with others.
Directions from Christchurch Head north on state highway 1 until Waipara, turn left onto State Highway 7 towards Hanmer Springs. Drive through Culverden, approximately 2km north of Culverden, turn to the right signposted ‘Rotherham’, ‘Waiau’, ‘Kaikoura’. We are 7.14kms from here on the right.
From Hanmer Springs Take the road towards Culverden, turn left at Mouse Point corner onto Flintofts Road, turn left onto Rotherham Road South, we are approximately 2km on the right hand side.
Frequently Asked Questions
Phone: 03 315 6408 or 027 220 5186
Contact person: Doreen Dryden
Hours: Loch Leven garden and nursery is open by appointment all year round
Price: $10.00 per person to view garden
Parking: Down the drive past the house, beside the nursery. Large groups and on open days, (follow signs) park in the paddock to the left in front of the garden and come through the wrought iron gate into the garden
Toilet: Available if urgent. Public toilets available in both Culverden and Waiau townships, please use prior to coming to visit.
Morning/Afternoon Teas/Lunches: Available for groups of 10 or more, prior bookings essential.
Seating: There are plenty of seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the garden
Children: Yes, we love to see children visiting and enjoying our garden under supervision.
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Weddings: Enquiries welcome. Best time of year November through until late December.
Accommodation: Culverden Court Motels, Main Road, Culverden phone 03 315 8350