The best gardens in Manurewa
Every year L. J. Hooker Manurewa runs a garden competition to find the best garden in Manurewa.
It is held in conjunction with the Ellerslie Flower Show at the Manurewa Botanic Gardens, and the winner receives a family pass to the show along with a voucher for $200 worth of products from Palmers Garden Centre.
Finalists are chosen from seven areas of Manurewa, and from these an overall winner is decided.
This year’s winner is Maria Baxter of Lemonwood Place, The Gardens. Her 1015 square metre section was just clay when she and her family moved there four years ago.
Being the gardener in the family, she had a retaining wall built to create a level area, barrowed in truckloads of garden mix, and planted roses in profusion along with hedges and a great variety of flowers.
Maria’s garden has grown fantastically in four years.
A bank of roses creates a stunning display at the front of the house, and more roses surround the courtyard at the back.
Along the driveway the massed plantings create a panorama of colour and variety. Beyond the retaining wall the section slopes down to a stream on the boundary.
Here Maria wants to create a native area which will complement the more formal flower gardens.
The other finalists were 8 Iorangi Place, Hillpark; 32 McInnes Ave, Weymouth; Calluna Cres, Totara Heights; 125 Riverton Drive, Randwick Park; 43 Gloucester Rd, Manurewa and 40 Lothian Brae, Wattle Downs.
Dylan Turner, principal of L. J. Hooker Manurewa, presented the award to Maria on behalf of the company.
She says The Gardens is “a fantastic place to live”, not least because it is close to the Botanical Gardens.
Maria has no intention of selling the property – she wants to enjoy the garden for many years to come – but L. J. Hooker Manurewa has a great selection of properties which will appeal to keen gardeners, as well as easy- care homes for people with other priorities.
Call in and talk to the L. J. Hooker Manurewa team at their office in the Northcross shopping centre, phone 268 0454, or visit www.ljh.co.nz.
Garden winner: Dylan Turner, principal of L. J. Hooker Manurewa, presents the award to Maria Baxter.
In bloom: A section of the garden close up.
Rose garden: A lovely display at the front of the house.
Along the drive: A panorama of floral colour.