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Southland: Gardens in Gore

Published: 09/03/2012 by Visit-Southland

Gardens in Gore

Gore offers a magnificent selection of parks and gardens and stunning displays no matter what time of year. 

Suggested Time: 1 day

  • Head to Bannerman Park, recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a ‘Garden of Significance’. Walk along the pathways where streams meander throughout the valley. Early spring is announced by the daffodils, meconopsis, camellias, cherry blossom and magnolias in the park. See the rhododendrons gathered from seeds in the wilds of the Yunnan Province in China.
  • If visiting in November the streams and ponds are lush with gunneras, hostas, irises, and candelabra primulas. Native ferns, astelias and Chatham Island forget-me-nots also edge the streams.
  • As summer progresses peonies, daylilies and ajuga groundcover add to the colour. The deciduous foliage provides brilliant autumn colour from the weeping maples to the oaks, twisty willows and silver birches shading the picnic tables.
  • After lunch head to the Gore District Public Gardens a 'Founding Garden of Regional Significance'. Laid out in 1906, this historic layout was a base for the present design incorporating giant wellingtonia and horizontal elms planted at that time.
  • Stroll amongst exotic trees and shrubs to take in the rare and unusual conifers. In spring a myriad of bulbs with complimenting camellias, magnolia and flowering enkianthus trees.
  • If visiting in November, delight the senses with the modern variety roses and tree peonies sure to impress the beholder. Combined with the summer time blossoming of the eucryphia trees the setting is both enchanting and relaxing.
  • In autumn the deciduous foliage begin to turn on the maple trees with the enkianthus and sorbus trees showing red leaves and berries respectively.
  • Finish the afternoon at the Winter Garden complex featuring witch hazels with their yellow flowers and crataegus hawthorns producing red berries. And all of this after the beautiful display of white blossoms!
  • If you’re still feeling energetic, head to Dolamore Park and walk on the trails where native forest abounds. Many of the trails lead you through planting of rhodedendrums. Whatever the time of the year you’ll be able to enjoy the colour of the conifer collection, and the Conifer Arboretum.
  • Gore’s Rhododendron Festival in October is a must for those vying for a stunning display of the annuals along with the aviary and its mixed musical occupants.

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Southland: Gardens in Gore