Gorgeous Georgian garden is a 'little bit of home'

Sam exploring Angela Spooner's garden outside her Georgian-style home.
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Sam exploring Angela Spooner's garden outside her Georgian-style home.

Angela Spooner's childhood in England inspired the design of her 20-acre garden.

"This is my little bit of home," she says.

Spooner and husband Bruce purchased their land in Coatesville in 1992 after two years of searching.

The Ride is Spooner's favourite feature of the garden all year around.
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The Ride is Spooner's favourite feature of the garden all year around.

The garden, Mincher, was named after Bruce's grandmother.

Its theme is largely because of their Georgian-style home.

"I always think the immediate planting around the house should reflect what the house is like. With a Georgian-style house, you pick up the angles of the doors and the windows and have more box planting," Spooner says.

Planting of the cottage garden began in November 2004 but Spooner says it is best in the spring.
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Planting of the cottage garden began in November 2004 but Spooner says it is best in the spring.

She says her favourite feature of the garden is an area called The Ride as it looks good all year around.

This part of the garden is a pathway with large trees along each side.

In the autumn, the colours are a feature and the ducks come out to eat the acorns. In summer, it provides great shade, she says.

Spooner's garden Mincher will be a part of the Heroic Garden's Festival in February.
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Spooner's garden Mincher will be a part of the Heroic Garden's Festival in February.

Where The Ride is an "all year favourite", she says the cottage gardens look their best during the spring.

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The intention was never to create the garden for the public to view but after much interest the Spooners decided they would do so by arrangement.

Visitors include Probus groups and retirement villages as well as people who just want to drop-in for a picnic with their mum.

The old cottage is a feature of the garden.
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The old cottage is a feature of the garden.

The Spooners also recently hosted the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society who were visiting New Zealand.

"It's a lot of hard work but it's a lot of fun and you meet a lot of interesting people," Spooner says.

The garden was endorsed with national significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture in January 2008.

Mincher will be available to visit through the Heroic Garden Festival where garden-lovers can bask in the beauty of Auckland's best gardens.

It is located at 338 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway.

Nearby gardens that are also a part of the festival include:

  • Garden on the Ridge at 11 McGiven Place, Coatesville.
  • A' La Fois at 31 Coatesville Heights, Coatesville.
  • Pinelee at 21 Coatesville Heights, Coatesville.
  • Mahoenui Farm at 344 Coastesville-Riverhead Highway.
  • Flametree at 16 O'Brien Rd, Coatesville.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.heroicgardens.org.nz.

 - Stuff

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