Waitati Gardens, once a rocky cow paddock, is today one of New Zealand’s truly captivating horticultural sites. The hillside was transformed by Kate and Graeme Jacobsen in 1994, and flourishes today under the creative and expert care of landscape architect Mary Pat Hogan and her partner Larry Knorr.
This paradise of colour, texture, sound and light overlooks Coromandel Harbour; visitors walk along peaceful winding paths that reveal a carefully choreographed presentation of hundreds of species that include rare and unusual perennials, specimen trees, indigenous orchids and the Garden’s celebrated hydrangeas, accompanied by the bird song of native Tuis and Bell Birds.
Brilliant lawns and shady retreats welcome artists, picnickers, bridal parties and families; and all the while, Waitati welcomes world class horticulturalists and florists seeking new discoveries.
The property features water pools rimmed with rocky alpines and specimen bog plants; a blue and green garden mirrors the harbor below and the sky above; a fragrant cottage garden invites lingering and offers different vistas with each glance. A new walkway features hybrids of New Zealand native plants on the site of the former entry drive and a bountiful French potager brims with heirloom vegetables. Mr. Knorr’s sumptuous roses climb over structures and shelter lower-lying border plants; and Ms. Hogan’s exquisite designs and singular use of color mark every corner of the property.
This award winning and truly inspiring garden of rare and unusual treasures has been featured in New Zealand House & Garden Magazine (May 2012 view article as PDF) and Weekend Gardener Magazine (January 2006).