- Vegetable Garden
- NZ Native Garden
When Terri and her husband bought this property back in 2020, the historic homestead had been beautifully restored, but the extensive garden was “a wild, overgrown jungle”. Back then there was a small, raised vegetable garden and greenhouse on site, though neither were being put to much use.
Nevertheless, they instantly saw the potential - Terri had long dreamt of growing food to give away to families in need, while Gene her husband wanted to continue his interest in growing native trees, to bring back the native birds.
The two of them have worked hard in the garden most weekends since, and seeing the progress has been hugely satisfying. The project has involved a lot of strategic clearing out of overgrown ‘weed’ trees – always a balancing act, given the need to retain a certain amount of wind protection on their exposed hilltop site. As a result, they have now let more in light onto the garden, created spaces for underplanting, opened up views of the surrounding landscape and given the established ‘specimen’ trees room to breathe and flourish.
Terri has also created a thriving and diverse vegetable garden, comprised of a 9 x 5m no-dig garden and a 2m x 4m raised bed. The greenhouse is now put to good use, raising seedlings throughout the year. She grows an impressive array of vegetables from seed, favouring heritage varieties, interspersed with companion planting of flowers to encourage the beneficial insects.
The name Passion Hill Garden pays homage to previous owners of the property who established a successful passionfruit business here.
Terri loves sharing her experiences and discussing all things gardening with like-minded folk.
She has long been interested in gardening. Prior to purchasing their current property, she and her husband had a small property in Palmerston North, on which they developed a landscaped native garden and a small vegetable patch.
Terri is currently studying an online course in Level 3 Horticulture and has plans to study organics and Ronga next. Most of her knowledge however has come from her years of ‘doing’, and learning from her own successes and failures.
For Terri, gardening is all about sharing – whether its sharing seedlings, seeds and excess vegetables with family, friends or the wider garden community online…or the sharing of knowledge through Secret Gardens garden visits and workshops.
“I'd still love to set up a free food stand and help out at my daughters school garden - one day! “
There is something so special about the cycle of growing food - creating compost and beautiful growing medium, feeding birds and bees, saving seeds and doing the cycle all over again!
Absolutely loved my time at Passion Hill Garden. Such a lovely garden and wonderful hosts. We were given free seeds and a lovely afternoon tea. Would happily return.- Louise
Great passionate people with a beautiful garden. So appreciative of the seeds to bring more colour to my own garden! Thank you for your kindness and generosity with delicious baked goods for afternoon tea. You have a very special place there and I will continue to check out posts of your progress and ideas for inspiration!- Tory
A beautiful garden and property with wonderful hosts.- Carla
It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon. Terri is a fantastic host and genuinely lovely person. Her gardens are amazing. She provided a good look at what works and what hasn't and what successes and problems she has had and how she is changing things to adapt to this. I also loved hearing her talk about different plants and compost (she is so knowledgeable), and i got some great tips. Its so refreshing to visit a garden that is so beautiful but also "normal" and not something that you need gardeners to maintain for you. I went home full of ideas for my own garden. 10/10 visit, loved every minute of it.- Rochelle