100% Pure New Zealand Garden of Well Being

Back  in 2004 designers Kim Jarrett, Lyonel Grant, Trish and Doug Waugh  brought a slice of New Zealand botany to the Chelsea Flower Show.  The garden titled ‘100% New Zealand- Ora Garden of Wellbeing’ was inspired by mythology and geology.

Details from the 100% New Zealand Show Garden at Chelsea Flower ShowThe exhibit won gold, and then in 2006 was reconstructed at the Taupo Museum back in New Zealand. Recently, (2008), the New Zealand Garden Trust selected Ora as one of its prestigious Gardens of National Significance. The design of the garden is a fascinating lesson in New Zealand culture and reflects the spirituality and mystery of the sacred mountain Ngongataha, which overlooks the geothermal city of Rotorua. Every feature of the garden has a meaning tied to the past or the present.

According to Maori legend, Mt Ngongataha is the home of the Patupaiarehe – a mythical tribe of forest guardians who love to play music and carve artworks. When the mountain is shrouded in mist, it is said that the Patupaiarehe are at work.

The Taupo museum had created an excellent interactive online version of the garden so if you want to make a visit but can’t get to NZ, you can learn about the unique features.

100% New Zealand Show Garden at Chelsea Flower showGrand Pacific is running an interesting tour that is 12 days of garden visits in NZ and includes the Ora Garden among an interesting and exciting collection of others.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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