I have to say in this fine country we are completely blessed with people full of passion and added to that exceptional resources, which have come together to make the kiwi gardening experience what it is – something amazing.
Many of our established garden brands are built on such vision and invention and to be honest as a humble gardener I don’t think we fully appreciate the effort these pioneers in New Zealand gardening have made it possible for us to have it so good. For example, the good old Yates garden guide, started in 1895, Arthur Yates saw a need for a book that would answer gardeners’ questions and it is still a go to guide almost a century and a quarter later!
I was fortunate enough to be invited on a tour of the Daltons site down in Matamata this week and while not as old as the Yates Garden Guide, it is steeped with the same kiwi ingenuity and passion that makes us proud to be kiwis. It is a company that began in 1947 and evolved to develop uses for local resources and biproducts and meet the evolving needs of their customers. It was with a tenaciousness that the company worked on becoming what it is today. It is still a proudly run family business.
They have also collaborated with the lovely Xanthe White to create a spectacular 10 acre display garden at the Dalton’s Plantation (just down the road) which is open for group bookings and events, that is oozing with inspiration at every turn. The gardens are stunning and made all the more incredible with it being the most glorious blue sky spring day, making all the features pop. As the season progresses and the plants grow to take their places, the gardens can only become more magnificent. If you get the chance to check out these gardens, you are in for a treat.
Come again soon – it is one thing to swan about in other gardens, but it won’t get mine sorted out!
Sarah the Gardener : o)