Garden beauty delights

Ward School fundraiser a success

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 11:30 26/11/2012
Pippa Clark
Anthony Phelps

Cool running: Alexandra Phelps, 5, right, and her sister, Matilda, 3, play with the fountain at the end of a water feature in the Winterhome garden.

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Hundreds of people made the drive to Kekerengu yesterday to tour Winterhome garden as part of a fundraiser for Ward School.

The property, perched on the hills 30 metres above the sea, makes the most of a sheltered microclimate with stunning artistically laid-out gardens and an avocado orchard. Most of the garden is structured, and designed to have year-round appeal.

With a glorious day of clear skies and sunshine, the day was a success as hundreds of people wandered around the garden, enjoying its layout and resting in the shade of many large trees.

Ward School fundraiser Anna Chaffey said the day had exceeded expectations, both in terms of the weather and support from the public. "We would all like to thank Hirepool who sponsored us, and Linda and Bruce Horton at the Crazy Corner, who donated generously for today. The biggest thanks go to Winterhome owners Richard and Sue Macfarlane for their generosity in opening up the garden for us."

Ward School board of trustees chairwoman Bridget Steele said the money raised by the open day would go towards a third teacher at the school. Ward School is funded for two teachers, and gets enough funding for half a day's release for its principal. The extra funding will ensure the school can hire another teacher so it can run three classes each day, focusing on literacy and maths.

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- The Marlborough Express

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