Ashburton Domain and the Beautiful Rose Garden

The Ashburton Domain and Gardens

The Ashburton Domain is located on State Highway 1.  It’s well-placed within walking distance from the main shopping area of Ashburton.  The Domain consists of lawns, gardens, lots of trees, recreational facilities, aviary as well as the beautiful Rose Garden.  For the energetic, there’s also a Fitness Track.  Entrances are also located in the streets surrounding the domain.

Flowers

There are plenty of flowers to admire when meandering down the walkways.  The Indian Cultural Garden features orange and yellow marigolds with a blue border.

Indian Cultural Garden
Indian Cultural Garden

Rose Garden

It was lovely walking around the Rose Garden.  The different colours and variety of roses is excellent.  If you’re not sure of time, then check with the sun dial.  Additionally, next to the Rose Garden is a small garden of hydrangeas that are neatly tucked away in the corner.

Rose Garden
Rose Garden

Trees, Trees and more Trees at the Ashburton Domain

There are many mature trees at the domain.  Some have been planted to commemorate extraordinary people or time in history.  And on a hot day, there is plenty of shade and picnic tables of which you can relax and enjoy your picnic.

Ashburton Domain
Ashburton Domain

Bird Aviaries

Check out the various bird aviaries.  There is the first block which is the smaller one.  However, next door are the larger aviaries that look to be have been built more recently than the smaller ones.

Aviary Gardens
Aviary Gardens

Sculptures

When we first visited the Ashburton Domain several years ago, there were no sculptures, so this must be a recent addition.  There is a large open area that features eight sculptures.  It also looks like several either have been moved or removed.  Around the domain you can locate other sculptures too.

Ashburton Sculpture Symposium 2018
Ashburton Sculpture Symposium 2018

Ashburton Sculpture Symposium 2018

So further research showed that this was indeed a project.  All the works were created from Timaru bluestone or Mt Somers limestone.  What a fantastic idea.  Check here for further details about the symposium and the artists.

Ashburton Sculpture Symposium 2018
Ashburton Sculpture Symposium 2018

Ashburton Domain is Kid-Friendly

The Ashburton Domain is very kid-friendly.  We’re sure your children will be happy to share their lunch with the ducks.  Or race around the large open areas before spending time at the playground.

Duck Pond
Duck Pond

Plan at least an hour or two if you wish to walk around the whole Domain.  More importantly, pack that picnic and sit for awhile.

Ashburton Domain
Ashburton Domain

 

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