Tu­pare Gar­dens - New Ply­mouth

Walking New Zealand - - My Favourite Walk - By Judy Eva

Owned and man­aged by the Taranaki Re­gional Coun­cil Tu­pare Gar­dens is sit­u­ated in the out­skirts of New Ply­mouth and is a land­scaped Garden of Na­tional Sig­nif­i­cance.

Con­sist­ing of 11 acres it was built in 1932 by Rus­sell Matthews and his fam­ily. Over many years they de­vel­oped these beau­ti­ful gar­dens sit­u­ated in a val­ley and raised their chil­dren there.

The house is of the English style of James Chap­man Taylor and is now used for tours and events.

It is a mag­i­cal Arts and Crafts garden and there is a reg­u­lar pro­gramme of pub­lic events dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son which caters for garden fairs and a se­ries of hor­ti­cul­tural work­shops.

Lady Matthew’s legacy is a do­mes­tic glasshouse, a her­bery and peren­nial cot­tage lawn bor­ders.

Sir Rus­sell planted stately trees which have given a pleas­ant at­mos­phere and frame­work for the prop­erty, they in­clude red­woods, de­cid­u­ous maples, cop­per beeches and many other flow­er­ing species.

There are garden rooms, a large glasshouse and a gar­den­ers cot­tage, large lawn area’s, sev­eral wa­ter fea­tures one be­ing a de­light­ful fish pond with a small wa­ter­fall that trick­les down into an­other small pond be­side a wind­ing path lead­ing down to a large flat pad­dock.

There are free gas bar­be­cues, seats

and a ta­ble for those who would like to pic­nic in this tran­quil tree shel­tered area and where the Wai­whakaiho River at the bot­tom flows past to the sea. This is also a pop­u­lar swim­ming spot in the sum­mer months.

This river flat area re­tains a pas­toral area with plant­ings of spec­i­men trees. There is also ac­cess down to the pad­dock area via sev­eral de­light­ful lit­tle nar­row rus­tic bush paths on ei­ther side of the house, both are steep and wind­ing and if you are not con­fi­dent best to use the main path to the left of the fish pond.

The beau­ti­ful lit­tle Gar­den­ers Cot­tage is con­structed from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial from the orig­i­nal home that was where the ten­nis court is now sit­u­ated.

The Gar­den­ers Cot­tage is now the in­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and the meet­ing point for garden work­shops.

The his­tory is stored in this cot­tage and is well worth the time spent in there pe­rus­ing through this most in­ter­est­ing era of early pho­tos and the devel­op­ment of the land, gar­dens and hous­ing quar­ters.

When walk­ing through this charm­ing English styled garden it is not un­usual to spot the fam­ily of res­i­dent quails, tui’s in the trees busily feed­ing on nec­tar and lit­tle fan­tails flit­ting busily around col­lect­ing stirred up in­sects at cer­tain times of dif­fer­ent sea­sons.

Tu­pare is beau­ti­ful in all four sea­sons even in the win­ter months when growth has slowed and many plants are dor­mant there is a spe­cial charm in the bare branches, colour­ful win­ter plants, and fallen yel­low leaves mat­ted around

Above: Part of the garden area. Taranaki Tu­pare is the pond and wa­ter­fall garden. Be­low left: The Gar­den­ers Cot­tage now an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

Above right: Spring in Tu­pare. Be­low right: Part of the garden area.

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