Ayrlies Garden, Manukau

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Ayrlies Garden is a country garden near Whitford, southeast of Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. It is one of New Zealand's best-known gardens, and has been described as the "quintessential New Zealand garden".The garden now covers some 12acre of rolling terrain, with large lawns, ponds and waterways, and heavily planted informal borders which make strong use of colour, including a "lurid border" of 'hot' colours. Some areas feature roses, clematis and perennials; others contain lush, sub-tropical plants, such as Petrea, Alocasia, bromeliads, vireya rhododendrons and Ficus dammaropsis. It also includes many large trees - mostly liquid amber, swamp cypress and pin oak - which have grown rapidly in the warm and wet climate, with rare frosts and over 50in of rain a year. It contains several structures around the main house, including a small 'sitooterie' - a low gazebo, to sit out in and admire the view. The large site is unified by a consistent planting and use of materials.
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  • OPEN TODAY 12TH MAY 2018 for a fundraising event. Half price entry. Plant stalls. Soup, bread, sandwiches, tea and coffee available. Take a raincoat, waterproof footwear and an umbrella and enjoy the ...  more »
  • The tranquil and exquisite private garden is different from the Chinese garden. Some of the more natural and expansive horizons, but more design and patchwork than Oakland other open parks.
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  • In a period of rather radical new directions in garden design, this private estate is rather mature and fairly timeless, to the extent that gardens, which are always changing, can be. It features care...  more »
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  • An absolutely beautiful garden. A beautiful place for a visit with many different attractions to see and enjoy if you follow the map. The gardeners were very friendly and happy to fill us in on the history of the gardens. Well maintained and highly enjoyable on a warm sunny day. My grandparents from England loved it, well worth a visit. A nice gem in East Auckland
  • A wonderful place to spend several hours admiring nature. Outstanding gardens. An incredible amount of effort has gone in to creating these magnificent gardens.
  • I was last here 22 years ago Going back was a joyful exciting experience, infact I had a tear in my eye.A must go to. I also throughly enjoyed the walk around the wetlands.
  • Gorgeous gardens. Felt like I was on holiday!
  • Fabulous garden to visit and appreciate.
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