|Trip to look for Hellebores - South Island, New Zealand
I had the opportunity to see my friends living in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ) for the first time in 8 years in September, 2009.This time I had a plan to look for hellebores in private and public gardens and visit a famous hellebore nursery called“Clifton Homestead Nursery” with my wife and our host mother by car. As you know, the seasons in NZ in the southern hemisphere are opposite to the ones of Japan, so we could still see flowering hellebores. Because it was early spring in NZ.
No.1 Mona Vale, a big public garden
(5.5 hectares) in Christchurch on Sept. 16, 2009
2 kilometers far from the city center.
Admission is free.
There is a nice
restaurant where you can enjoy scones, afternoon tea and so on.
H. x hybridus(hybrids) in Mona Vale, Christchurch on Sept.16,2009
No.2 Christchurch Botanic Gardens
They are huge gardens (30 hectares) consisting of many types of gardens
including a Japanese one. It takes only 15 minutes or so from the Cathedral
in the city center of Christchurch and admission is free. I think it is
a good idea to spend quiet days there when you are free. I also recommend
going on a family picnic there. You can see a lot of H. x hybridus (hybrids),
H.argutifolius and many other kinds of flowers. You can enjoy punting on
the Avon River in the gardens as well.
too early to see many roses in the rose garden, but the cherry trees in the
garden were in full bloom when we visited.
Big H.argutifolius in Chirstchurch Botanic Gardens on Sept.17,2009
No.3 Dunedin Botanic Garden
located 600 kilometers south of Christchurch. You can see not only single
flowers but also double ones of H. x hybridus (hybrids) there. In addition, you
can see the species, H.foetidus. Most of the flowers were still blooming
when we visited because it was much colder than Christchurch. In the garden,
there was a Japanese pond designed by someone from Otaru City, Japan, a sister
city of Dunedin.
Double flowers of Hellebore hybrids in Dunnedin Botanic Graden on Sept.19, 2009
No.4 Glenfalloch Woodland Garden
about 15 minutes to get to Glenfalloch Woodland Garden on the Otago Peninsula by
car from the central district of Dunedin. It is a historical garden founded in
1871 and called “hidden Valley” in Gaelic. You are expected to give a little
donation instead of paying an admission fee.
We were able to find a place
where there were some flowering hellebores. You can also see rhododendrons,
azaleas, magnolias and so on in the garden.
hybridus in Glenfalloch Woodland Garden on Sept.19,