Garden stroll full of gems

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 07:43 24/01/2013
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FULL BLOOM: Morag and Kevin Woodley's large colourful garden is one of 12 properties open to the public as part of this weekend's Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail.

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The rambling, the formal, the colourful and the traditional will be on display at this weekend's Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail.

Among the 12 gardens open to visitors is Kevin and Morag Woodley's large colourful garden.

The pair moved to their Ngarara Rd site more than three years ago, transforming it into a bright, colourful and unusual garden.

At the centre of the lawn is a flowering cherry tree, which "snuffed it" and has been transformed with sweetpeas and climbing roses fighting for space.

Their garden backs on to Waikanae Park and a kohekohe forest, giving the garden a lush, verdant backdrop, Mr Woodley says.

The couple's green thumbs developed about six years ago after moving from Khandallah to the Kapiti Coast.

"If you put something in the ground [on the Kapiti Coast], it will grow. Before that we lived in Khandallah on a hill. Morag didn't go near the garden, which only grew natives."

But after three years of hard work, their garden now provided them serenity and pleasure.

"Most evenings she comes home by about 6pm. The first thing is we have a glass of wine and wander around the garden. It's really pleasant wandering around."

About 2000 people from around the lower North Island visited the gardens last year.

Contact Sophie Speer
Culture and Capital Day reporter
Email: sophie.speer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @sophie_speer

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