Trott Garden – An All Year-Round Stunning Garden

Trott Garden – A Garden of International Significance

Open Monday to Friday, a visit to Ashburton is not complete until you visit Trott Garden.

History of Trott Garden

Alan and Catherine Trott purchased four hectares of bare paddock with an old house, horse stables, very little garden and thirteen trees on it in December 1978, a blank canvas that was Alan’s dream.  The bones of the garden began in 1984.  The Trotts, along with their three sons, Paul, Hamish and Matthew, planted the area between the house and the road which we now know as the Woodland area.  This area is now home to 650 rhododendrons which makes a stunning display from early September through to the autumn.

The Trott’s Charitable Trust was created and took over the garden from Alan and Catherine in September 2017 and the gardens are now managed with the support of local benefactors and many volunteers.  Trott’s Garden is now owned and operated by the Trott’s Garden Charitable Trust.

Woodland Garden

Armed with my lunch, I headed towards the Woodland Garden.  Found the perfect seat, under a tree in the shade next to the pond.  It was very quiet and peaceful, especially as there was no one there.  It is pleasant and relaxing walking around the Woodland Garden – though I had to do this twice to make sure I had seen everything.

Woodland Garden & Pond
Woodland Garden & Pond

Flowers in Bloom
Flowers in Bloom

Red Border

The Red Border is exactly what it is.  The border consists of red leaved and red flowered plants.  Similarly the fixtures among the plants and flowers are red also.

Red Border Garden
Red Border Garden

Wire Sculptures in Red Border
Wire Sculptures in Red Border

Long Perennial Border

The long walkway full of perennials is just beautiful.  Additionally, there are so many types, full of colour, both small and tall.  It is so impressive.

One of many perennial borders
One of many perennial borders

Plenty of seats to relax and admire the view
Plenty of seats to relax and admire the view

Knot Garden and Tower Stairs

The work involved to create and maintain the Knot Garden is very impressive.  It would no doubt take a great amount of patience.  The blue tower stairs give you a view that photographs can’t replicate.  Unfortunately my photographs do not do this justice, though I tried.

View of Knot Garden
View of Knot Garden

Knot Garden
Knot Garden

Brantwood Chapel at Trott Garden

The stunning historic chapel was built in 1916.  It was moved to Trott Garden in 1999 and is ideal for the many weddings that take place at this wonderful gardens.

Historic Chapel - Exterior
Historic Chapel – Exterior

Historic Chapel
Historic Chapel

There is so much to see at Trott’s Garden – it is truly beautiful.  While there is an entry fee, it is well worth the visit.  It is ideal for a quick walk through or a leisurely exploration.  However, if you plan to spend an hour or two here, bring your picnic lunch with you.  There is plenty of colour through the garden and the blue seats and staircase add to this attraction.

Even the bees love the gardens
Even the bees love the gardens

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