Inspirational gardens in Waikanae
Waikanae turned on the weather for people taking the rare opportunity to view some of town's best gardens at the weekend.
The Waikanae Lions Super Garden Trail featured 12 properties between the coast at Waikanae Beach to the hillside overlooking the town and ranging from compact cottage gardens to spacious lifestyle plantings.
Convenor Bob Ewing estimated at least 2000 people attended this year's trail, raising about $40,000 to be split evenly between Alzheimers Kapiti and Wellington Free Ambulance.
Mr Ewing said people had come from as far away as Auckland, Wanganui and Hawke's Bay and feedback had been extremely positive.
One of the visitors Anne Geelen, of Waikanae Beach, said there was a good variety of gardens on the trail and that 12 was also a manageable number to visit.
"I've really liked it and it's been quite relaxed without having to rush around to fit them all in."
Her friend Rose Collins had travelled from Wellington for the trail.
"It shows the biodiversity here in Waikanae. Also, it's really quite subtropical," she said.
Levin Garden Club member Trixie Lake said the trail had been excellent.
"It's very enlightening and lovely to see different ideas and the way other gardeners do things, such as co-ordination and matching."
Raumati South's Steph Reid said visiting the gardens had been inspirational.
"It's a great opportunity to talk . . . with other gardening enthusiasts - as well as being a brilliant fundraiser for two worthwhile causes.'