The best gar­dens in Ma­nurewa

Southern Real Estate Guide - - PROFILE -

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

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.

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