Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand has won the prestigious Garden of the Year from the International Garden Tourism Council. Made up of 20 different gardens, from historical gardens, landscape, edible and even fantasy gardens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – and soon there will be even more!
Hamilton Gardens opened more than 20 years ago and just keeps getting bigger and better. It’s a major tourist drawcard only 1.5 hours drive south of Auckland, owned by Hamilton City Council. Remarkably for a garden of this size and quality, entry in Hamilton Gardens is FREE.
Tracing the story of the history of gardens through time and various civilisations, Hamilton Gardens features gardens such as the Chinese Scholar’s garden, Italian Renaissance garden, Indian Char Bagh garden, Chinoiserie garden and a New Zealand native cultivars garden.
New in late January 2015 will be a Tudor garden with 4 different intricate knot parterres, and there’s even more new gardens in the planning – gardens celebrating surrealism, the Baroque, Ancient Egypt, and Medieval gardening.
Hamilton Gardens should be on every garden lover’s must-visit list.