The Garden at French Farm

The Garden at French Farm, Akaroa: Address, Phone Number, The Garden at French Farm Reviews: 4.5/5

The Garden at French Farm
4.5
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A large country garden in the beautiful French Farm Valley. Listed as a Garden of National Significance by The New Zealand Gardens Trust. Covering 10.4 acres on the banks of the Te Waimangu stream the gardens contain areas of protected native bush and a large ornamental garden and abundant birdlife
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Austabroad
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Jun 2019 • Couples
First stop to find out about Akaroa and the world class offerings. Certainly my choice for information about this magnificent harbour.
Written 28 June 2019
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Le petit chat noir
Auckland, New Zealand124 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Take and hour or two to visit Jendy and Chris, their two cocker spaniels and Charlie the cat in this beautiful garden that's full of interesting twists and turns, some brilliant sculpture and a marvelous collection of trees, shrubs and perennials. You'll be fascinated. We certainly were.
Written 27 February 2019
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BookemDan
Brussels, Belgium65 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
A very warm welcome, then we were given a map of the grounds with suggestions on how to go round them. We loved the gardens - so much to see, with so much variety; we appreciated the native bush and we were amused to be mobbed by fantails at one point.
The shop is well worth a look around - some great things can be found there.
Written 23 January 2018
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Julia G
Gold Coast, Australia233 contributions
Oct 2017
When in Akaroa and have visitors it is a nice drive around the bay to visit the other side of the beautiful harbour,no better place to visit,having said that there are also beautiful wineries in the area.
With making a day of it ,take a picnic
Written 10 October 2017
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chris w
Alberta, Canada50 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
We visited the garden during February, and were delighted and amazed by the lovely design, the interesting and innovative plantings, and the whole delightful setting. During our 4 trips to New Zealand we have visited over 100 gardens and Jendy's garden is up there, close to the top of the list. As well as a myriad of views and secret 'rooms' we were surprised and delighted to find, about halfway round, a shaded dell with a hammock, a table, some chairs, and a pitcher of home made lemonade and a dish of home grown walnuts. An ideal break, and some beautiful memories.
Written 23 April 2017
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Northerner11
England35 contributions
Jan 2017
Unexpected find; low key, hidden away across the bay from Akaroa but only a short drive from the centre. Ten acres of thoughtfully planted garden along a beautiful stream, tranquil and feels very private. Interesting plant collections with the owner on hand to answer questions. Best garden in the area.
Take a picnic and enjoy the tranquillity.
Written 26 January 2017
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revejardinier
7 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Since I have arrived on the South Island I have visited a few gardens but this garden is the most fragrant garden I have ever visited. There are so many I have visited in Australia but none come close to The Garden at French Farm in fragrance and movement.

When you walk down the steps from the main house your eyes and olfactory system is overcome with grand intoxication.
I arrived late in the season and can only imagine what Jendy’s garden must be like in the Spring and I have already made a date with her to visit there again at the new Spring of 2017.
Terracotta pots dot the steps down to the main garden, each pot and flower seems to have been standing there for an age though the garden proper has only been on this spot since 1995 but don’t let age fool you.

As one meanders through paths thick as taffy apples with beautiful flowers, tall Verbena Bonariensis brush against your skin, gentle pink petalled delights caress you as you squeeze by and Jendy tells me she wants to cut some of the tightness down, but I said I like it, for after these moments one burst out into clear areas like the green verdure of the amphitheatre.

Then it was that I came upon the most illustrious Sword Flower I had ever seen, they are one of my favourites; Gladiolus Velvet Eyes. Wow! Tall erect, colour bursting like something Sappho would notice and poem about.
Dear reader, dear jardinier this garden is so beautiful, the colours are like jewels glittering in the bright blessed day.
Liliums of various shade and colour, Verbena, Blue Aquilegia, Red Sparaxis, 9ft Mullein so incredulous, need I name more?
All and more fondle the garden lust in one.
The garden also boasts a wonderful gloamy Macrocarpa hedged house, an idea altogether bookish.

A river runs through it, if this is not grand then what is? Paths cut out of wild grass like woodland charms takes one far from the house yet when one sees the care of the place yet still crowing a very left to itself kind of feeling one realizes there are people living here as one alights on hammocks hanging from trees and cool lemonade and Walnuts waiting for one on the table.

Oak and Willow, fertile Walnut and Elder grow high up to the very South of the garden as birds warble and Dove swoops low from perch to perch.
Roses trees mixing their fragrance with rich Olive trees giving one a Myrrhry attitude and trees rich with juicy plums ruddy for the plucking grow along the pathway as one nears the end.
There is magik at work here, do flock, but don’t bring any Butterfly-nets, you shan’t catch any fairies here because Jendy and Pat are the magicians and they’ve spun an enchanting floral web.
And what joy as Jendy shows her spirit of lingua franca, I will visit again and again.

As Wendy said, I lovit! I lovit to Neverland and back…or something like that.
Written 16 January 2017
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PennyPie
Christchurch, New Zealand218 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
This garden is simply fascinating with space aplenty and all sorts of garden styles within the rambling walk. We spent a good couple of hours here and a picnic lunch would even be a great idea if you have the time as there are so many places to sit down and relax and enjoy the ambience. Garden lovers this is a must do for you on the Peninsula and for families and couples don't miss it. There is even a cute shop attached with tempting pottery to buy and almost everything else you can think of in the way of gifts, treasures and must haves! Do not miss this garden at French Farm and Jendy and Pat your hosts are knowledgeable,attentive and delightful.
Written 25 April 2016
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Jean G
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
A good visit for gardeners and nature lovers alike, a mixture of native and exotics made for an interesting morning well worth the long haul to get there. The addition of tea making facilities in the hut was an added bonus.
Written 13 February 2016
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FrancophileJane
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia141 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We came across these beautiful gardens when looking for the wine farm nearby. We decided that we'd rather walk in beautiful gardens than drink wine (time enough for that at sundown!). The warmly welcoming owner (and gardener), Jendy described the route that we could take, gave us a map, and told us about the history of the lovely place. Half way through our walk we found that her husband had delivered ice cold lemonade and walnuts for us, next to a stream, where we could swing in hammocks. (We could have had filtered coffee instead, if we had preferred, as Jendy offered it to us.) This was one of those serendipitous occasions and I heartily recommend that anyone in the Akaroa district should make the short detour to these gardens, just a five minute drive from the main road. Bring a novel or magazine, pack a picnic if you wish, and relax and enjoy lovely nature! At $10 a head (kids free) it is really good value, and you know that you are helping preserve a piece of paradise with your entry fee. There is a small, eclectic gift shop filled with quality goods at reasonable prices. Very highly recommended - take a walk on the wild side!
Written 14 December 2015
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