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Hauraki-Coromandel Post - 2021-10-14

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Ramble offers peek into artistic gardens

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The Rotary Garden Ramble is just weeks away and will showcase 24 stunning gardens, including six rural sites to the north and seven rural gardens to the south. Sponsored by Tall Poppy Real Estate, the most northern garden is owned by Moira Edmends and John Galloway and started from a bare maize paddock 30 years ago. No formal design was done before the garden was started but rather it evolved as trees and plants Moira liked, were purchased. Hedging was sited by throwing a frisbee for the then dog, and putting the hedge no further away than Moira could throw the toy for the dog. Moira was the art teacher at Waihi College for many years and this artistic flair is evident with the shape, texture and foliage colours throughout the garden, which is complemented by a productive vegetable garden. As one drives up to the elevated garden a regal stand of Cypress Lusitanicas looks impressive. Visitors are able to park adjacent to the garden in the orchard, so it will be a wheelchair-friendly property. A stark contrast to this large rural site. is the Noble Johnson Drive garden of Everdien de Graaf, which looks down the Uretara River. This garden is an eclectic mix of unusual and easy to maintain plants on a steep slope above the road. The garden gets full sun all day and features many drought-resistant plants. This steep garden started from a vacant section five years ago. Large rocks were provided by Greg the Rock Man guided by Allie from Elite Garden Design and Everdien`s sister, who was visiting from Holland. The bare bones of the garden were completed in four months but Everdien continues to buy interesting plants that enhance this project. Artworks by Everdien will be on display and although the garden is not accessible to wheelchairs, she will allow these people to get a bird’s eye view of this property from her private veranda. There are two other properties on the ramble to visit in the same street.

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