Experience the spring magic in Hamilton Gardens' outer areas

Spring is a vibrant season at Hamilton Gardens, and beyond the main attractions lie some hidden gems worth exploring. As the weather warms up, these areas burst into life, offering a different kind of charm to visitors. Here are some hidden gems you can explore at Hamilton Gardens this spring.

Rogers Rose Garden

Nestled within the outer boundaries lies the Rogers Rose Garden, a sanctuary devoted to the timeless elegance of roses. Embark on a sensory journey at the Rogers Rose Garden, a floral haven where elegance and fragrance intertwine. As spring arrives, this garden transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours, showcasing an array of rose cultivars. From the delicate blush of the Peace Rose to the vibrant hues of the Queen Elizabeth Rose, each rose tells a story.

A view across Roger's Rose Garden at the Hamilton Gardens

Hammond Camellia Garden

Accessible via a climb from the Rhododendron Lawn, the Hammond Camellia Garden is a secluded spot offers more than the splendour of camellias. It boasts panoramic views overlooking the Rhododendron Lawn, providing visitors with a tranquil retreat. The garden's serene atmosphere encourages exploration, inviting you to discover the Russian Bell Tower and soak in the captivating vistas.

Looking down the walk way at the Hammond Camellia Garden at Hamilton Gardens

Rhododendron Lawn

In spring, the Rhododendron Lawn is transformed when rhododendrons burst into a kaleidoscope of blossoms, painting the landscape with vibrant hues. The lovely ambiance coupled with the vibrant blooms creates an idyllic setting for a leisurely stroll or a picnic with friends and family. Wander through lush greenery and fragrant blossoms, taking in the towering presence of the iconic eucalyptus viminalis, lovingly known as the 'Mana Gum.'

A view across the Rhododendron Lawn at Hamilton Gardens

Victorian Flower Garden

History meets botanical beauty in the Victorian Flower Garden. The Victorian Flower Garden, the cornerstone of Hamilton Gardens' history, as the first garden that opened on the site. Its meticulously tended flower beds and well-manicured lawns serve as a testament to an era bygone. As spring arrives, the garden bursts into a tapestry of vibrant blooms, inviting visitors to appreciate the classical elegance of this timeless space.

Rows of red, white, and pink flowers

Bussaco Woodland

Along the serene banks of the Waikato River lies the enchanting Bussaco Woodland, a haven for those seeking a tranquil escape. Meandering pathways guide you through a lush display of greenery, offering serene moments for peaceful contemplation. Engulfed in the gentle rustle of leaves and the symphony of bird calls, this woodland invites you to unwind and reconnect with the soothing embrace of nature's beauty.

Tress along the river in the Bussaco Woodland

Valley Walk

Beginning at the north edge of Turtle Lake, this area has been carefully curated in a 'Naturalistic' style, meaning that the plants are mostly indigenous to the Waikato area and are all planted with sensitivity for their natural role in the native ecosystem. As you wander along the winding paths, the intriguing Suffrage Pavilion emerges amidst the native trees. The surrounding flora mirrors plants historically cherished by Maaori women for healing, weaving, and sustenance.

A view across a water feature of a blue outdoor pavillion

Spring at Hamilton Gardens extends beyond the enclosed gardens. These outer areas, often overlooked, offer a quieter yet equally enchanting experience. They paint a picture of nature's beauty in spring, with bursts of colours and fragrances that capture the essence of the season. Each area, from the blooming roses to the secluded woodlands, tells a unique story, inviting you to embrace what awaits beyond the beaten path. Come explore these wonderful outer areas for yourself today at Hamilton Gardens.

Looking across the garden beds towards the fountain in the Italian Renaissance Garden at Hamilton Gardens

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