Flaxmere Garden
Flaxmere Garden
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128 Westenras Road, Hawarden 7385 New Zealand
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wendy1103
Auckland, New Zealand122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We visited these gardens as part of a group tour and were welcomed with a wonderful lunch of salmon, salads, fresh bread etc followed by a selection of meringues, shortbread, and fruit cake. We were then treated to a tour of the gardens by our host, Penny Zino. These are well worth a visit if you are in the area. Penny’s hospitality really made the visit special.
Written 30 September 2023
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Denny4033
Whakatāne, New Zealand296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We visited Flaxmere Garden on a rainy cold day which was most unseasonal for March. But hostess Penny Zino made us feel warmly welcome and what’s more her home was cosy with a fire
burning in the hearth. She described the gardens to us and then served us a most delicious lunch of salmon with rice and green salads, freshly baked bread, rose wine, assorted cakes including ginger meringues, shortbread and chocolate fudge cake, accompanied by tea and coffee.
Written 28 March 2023
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand882 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wonderful large expansive garden like a park. Ponds, pools, vistas and wonderful plantings of colour, both perennials and natives and large trees.
Written 31 October 2021
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LouC
Brisbane Region, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stayed for two nights in the cottage set in the middle of the beautiful gardens. The cottage was spacious, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The thoughtful touches of vases of fresh flowers make at the difference. We had plenty of time to explore the amazing gardens. This was a highlight of our trip to NZ .
Written 2 March 2020
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Jackie F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
This was in the top 3 places I’ve ever had the pleasure of being at a wedding ... stunning!!! This was for my partners sisters wedding and we enjoyed the wedding in the gardens, then drinks and nibbles by the pool, then moved to a marquee that was set up beside the house. Absolutely beautiful!
Written 1 April 2018
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The great thing about having weddings here is that is always a happy occasion. I love sharing this venue with those that appreciate it as much as I do!
Written 2 April 2018
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revejardinier
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Just this Sunday as Summer makes herself comfortable on the throne, taking over from Spring and filling Nature with her wondrous warmth, I visited Flaxmere for the second time albeit at a different time of year.
Proving that her hospitality was not a fluke the first time, Penny Zino was there again to welcome us to her garden.
When I visited her garden last it was nearly at the very end of the Summer and even then I found the garden wonderful.
This time round it was plus grand(more grand). When I spoke to Penny under the stately Golden Elm; The Silver Elm and the Copper Beech as our backdrop. . .I said to her, I think I have found the secret to the success of Flaxmere. .. That secret lies in the Trees. And she has planted them all herself. These three trees, the light that they exude is simply magical.

Even the many Firs or Pines in the garden, they are so delightful, placed just at the correct spot, and as a friend once said to me, "It doesn't blow my mind. Its simply mindblowing"

Penny Zino single handedly keeps this garden; an utter feat at her age, without offence, this is said.

Her Delphiniums, Roses, aaaah! What a delight. If the reader has not yet gone to see Flaxmere nestled amongst the trees at the foot of the spine of the New Zealand Alps,
you need to go now! If have been there before, go again. This garden has much more to offer than just a one time visit. There are so many different nuances one misses with only one visit and I will visit again, though next time I will try first to go in the dead of Winter.
According to an ancient Japanese gardener there should be six sublimities to a garden. Although it is most rare to find or achieve this Flaxmere has spaciousness-seclusion and artifice and and water-panoramas. There is one part of the garden close to the pond of the Swan, when one sits on the bench; one looks across the water towards a long section of cut grass that leads the eye over taller grasses in the distance, this further leads to eye onto a set of tall trees at least a mile away and beyond that the blue argon of the mountains. I could sit there all day and create a Monet moment. Sublime...

Another sublimity is antiquity, and when one looks at Flaxmere, the way that the light falls through the garden, also the house, the way it resides in the space of the garden, one can only achieve this as a garden matures. . .slowly. . .through the passage of Time. . .
Written 6 December 2017
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One of the very best things about gardening and sharing it with others are the encouraging comments such as this! Gardening is an art form, the way trees and plants are put together. It is constantly changing, and there lies the challenge!
Written 8 December 2017
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gparker2017
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
This was a marvellous place to celebrate our 8oth birthdays with a weekend in The Cottage. The whole garden is a great credit to the hard work put in by Penny. There is such a range of features as well as plants and trees. It is well worth a visit.
Written 26 November 2017
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It was great to have 3 wonderful guests who were so appreciative
Written 28 November 2017
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SueBye
Christchurch, New Zealand94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
The spring garden was in full boom when we visited for the Art in the Garden event. The established trees provide a gorgeous backdrop and structure for the garden.The new spring leaf colour emphasised the colours of the flowers. The garden contains several planting areas linked by a series of beautiful ponds and waterways, increasing the sense of serenity and peace the garden exudes. The perennial borders are gorgeous, the vistas across the countryside hint at the nearby mountains and the sound of sheep remind us that this beautiful garden was a labour of love for a farming family. The history of the garden development is featured at the gate and one can only admire the vision and determination of Penny & John as they laboured over the years. It was a gorgeous place to visit and i would certainly recommend it. Go if you can. Open by prior appointment.
Written 12 November 2017
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It is a great combination of Art and the art of gardening!
Written 28 November 2017
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Jo P
Ashburton, New Zealand90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Worth going to visit if the opportunity arises. Art in A Garden is held annually and is fantastic to seè art and sculptures in such a beautiful setting.
Written 4 November 2017
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Art in a Garden is held very year on the last weekend of October, it is a joy to see the creativity of so many New Zealanders.
Written 28 November 2017
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RoseredPerth
Perth Hills, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Penny was kind enough to accomodate us after the owners of the house we were originally booked into unfortunately had their property damaged by the recent earthquake. We were blown away by this stunning and artistically designed garden crafted by Penny over many years. It has to be seen to be believed and after coming from the the dry hot countryside of Australia, the peonies are to die for!
The accomodation is neat tidy and just right for a getaway. No traffic noise and only the sound of the birds to greet you in the morning. We loved staying here and wish it was longer! Thanks Penny, this has to be one of the nicest accommodations we have ever stayed in! We shall be back!
Written 10 December 2016
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Greta having guests who are so interested
Written 28 November 2017
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