Gwavas garden Spring Fling
One of the events of the CHB Spring Fling — a tour of Gwavas Garden Homestead in Tikokino — transported visitors back 120 years as they trailed through the woodland garden.
They enjoyed lunch in the bush and toured the Gwavas Homestead, home to the five generations of the Carlyon family since the mid 19th century.
Gwavas Garden is listed as a registered group of historic trees with the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. The first plantings were beside the family cemetery, planted by Major Carlyon in 1860. Many of the trees and shrubs came from seeds sent to New Zealand from the family home Tregrehan in Cornwall. In ancient Cornish, the word Gwavas means “permanent steading”, a place where roots are put down.
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Gwavas Garden Homestead owner Stu Gibson taking his guests on a tour of the woodland garden, after a bush lunch and tour of the homestead — one of the events in CHB Spring Fling.
Guests take in the woodland garden, which covers 9ha of both native and exotic trees and shrubs.