We have a treat in store for curious gardeners this March. For the first time, and exclusively through Secret Gardens, Margaret Long will be hosting two guided botanical tours of her stunning garden Frensham, over consecutive weekends.
The first botanical tour, on March 16th, will be aimed at beginner gardeners, while the second tour on 23rd March will be suitable for those who already have a reasonable level of gardening knowledge.
"I'm looking forward to giving garden lovers the opportunity to explore and experience my garden through a botanical lens. In this tour I will aim to give the visitor a deeper insight into the name, origin and preferred habitat of some of the plants and plant groups that we've established here at Frensham, and to provide context into some of the factors that have influenced my plant choices, and shaped this garden."
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of Canterbury's most experienced and esteemed gardeners - in situ and in person - and to experience this significant garden through the eyes of its creator. Margaret's commentary will encompass perennials, shrubs and trees.
This second session, on 23rd March, will be suitable for gardeners who already possess a reasonable level of knowledge about plants and plant groups and are familiar with some of the basic principles of gardening.
Afternoon tea will be provided.
10% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the charity Garden to Table. a charitable trust that empowers children to grow, harvest, prepare and share great food.
Bookings are exclusively through Secret Gardens and numbers are strictly limited.
For more information about Frensham visit www.frensham.co.nz .
What you'll need
Be sure to bring a pen and notebook and/or camera.
Margaret is a talented gardener and knowledgeable plantswoman, who, for just over 30 years, has been developing the garden at Frensham - recently recognised as A Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust.
Driven by a passion for plants, Margaret has gained a wide knowledge over the years, and has built up a significant plant collection within the garden.
For many years Margaret ran her own business, hosting guided tours of gardens throughout Europe.