Information – Gardens

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United Kingdom

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Weymouth, Dorset. In the New Zealand Garden there are many Hebe species and cultivars in the garden, mostly the smaller leaved forms, and many other New Zealand species. The garden holds the National collection for Hoheria. Map

Castlewellan National Arboretum (Annesley Arboretum), Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan, Co Down, Northern Ireland. This fine arboretum is managed by the Forestry Service of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Map

Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, Wester Ross, Scotland, holds the National Collections of Brachyglottis and Olearia, and also a good collection of hebes and other New Zealand native plants. Map

Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland, holds large collections of plants from Australia and New Zealand. There is a good collection of hebes near the cafe. Logan House gardens, which are next door, are also well worth a visit. Map

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2LF, is 30 acres (13 hectares), and contains about 1,800 species of trees. The hebe display beds were planted by members of the Hebe Society in May 2004, and contain over 120 hebes. The arboretum is administered by the Tatton Garden Society. Entrance is beside the Swettenham Arms public house. Map

Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 2AD, is situated on the west side of the Ards Peninsula and is owned by the National Trust. The gardens were laid out by Lady Londonderry in the 1920s and 1930s. It contains National Collections of Phormium, Dianella and Libertia. Map

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland, PA20 9LP, the Wee Garden (5 acres, 2 hectares) contains a good selection of Australasian plants. Map

Pine Lodge Garden and Nursery, Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3RQ, is a 30 acre (12 hectare) estate containing 6  gardens, plus an arboretum, pinetum and parkland. It contains over 6,000 plants, all labelled, many from the Mediterranean and the Southern Hemisphere, and grown for year-round interest. There is a good selection of New Zealand plants, some very rare. Holds the National collection of Grevillea. Seeds are brought back on Seed Hunting expeditions every year for the Nursery of rare and unusual Plants. Map

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 5LR, holds more than 100 hebes in their Living Collection. Map

Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2HT. The collection of hebes and other New Zealand native plants was reopened by HRH The Duke of York on Friday 27th April 2007. Map

University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Stoke Park Road, Bristol, holds a large collection of hebes and a number of other New Zealand plants. It reopens at the above location in April 2007. Map

Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, developed a New Zealand garden in 1989. Large collection of New Zealand shrubs and trees. Map

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, has nearly 2,000 hebes in a large bed, in the centre of town. Map

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, has a good selection of New Zealand plants. Map


University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, Vancouver, includes the E H Lohbrunner Alpine Garden which features many Australasian plants including nearly 50 species and cultivars of Hebes. Map


Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum, Berlin, has about 80 different species from New Zealand, 20 of which are hebes. Map

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New Zealand

New Zealand Garden Trust gives details of gardens open to the public

Auckland Regional Botanic Garden, Auckland, North Island, holds extensive collections of hebes and other New Zealand native plants. The Wiri series of hebes was bred here. Map

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, South Island. Holds a good selection of hebes and New Zealand native plants in the Leonard Cockayne Memorial Garden. Map

Dunedin Botanic Garden, the Native Plant Collection including the Wetland Garden, Lovelock Bush and the Alpine Scree Garden is found in the Upper Botanic Garden on either side of Lovelock Avenue.

Plants from mainland New Zealand as well as from offshore islands grow successfully in Dunedin’s climate. A range of plants from the Chatham Islands and Subantarctic Islands are grown around the Botanic Garden Centre. Other significant collections include alpine plants displayed in the Alpine Scree Garden and the newly established Wetland Plant Collection which is flourishing in its artificial environment. An increasing collection of grasses and tussocks are grown throughout the borders. Endemic conifers and a mixture of southern beech and other hardwood tree species create a frame work for this collection. Map

Eden Garden is a New Zealand national showplace garden. Created by volunteers in 1964 from an abandoned quarry on the slopes of the volcanic Mount Eden, the Garden is only minutes away from downtown Auckland. It is home to one of the largest collections of Camellias in the Southern Hemisphere, and the diverse mixture of plants, includes Vireya rhododendrons, bromeliads, palms, conifers, Hostas and native New Zealand plants, which all provide year round interest in a striking setting. Map

Fernglen Gardens, 38 Kauri Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, North Island, is devoted solely to the growing and preservation of New Zealand plants. The gardens consist of approximately 9 acres of Kauri Association bush with roughly half an acre under cultivation. Well maintained walking tracks provide an excellent opportunity to observe many interesting species including two 300 year old kauri and ancient rimus clothed in epiphytes. Map

Hackfalls Arboretum, PO Box 3, Tiniroto, Gisborne, North Island, has a wide range of trees and shrubs in a hill setting enhanced by natural lakes. Spring flower and autumn leaf colours. Many different alders, cherries, birches, magnolias, maples, oaks, rhododendrons and others. Outstanding is a large collection of evergreen and semi-evergreen Mexican oak species. The moderate size homestead garden has many unusual herbaceous and alpine plants including New Zealand natives. Map

Eastwoodhill Arboretum the National Arboretum of New Zealand, encompasses 135 hectares of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. Map

Hinewai Reserve is 1000 hectares (2471 acres) of regenerating forest on the Banks Peninsula, South Island. Hugh Wilson’s efforts at restoring this gorse covered pasture to New Zealand bush are described in this book ‘Hinewai, The Journal of New Zealand Naturalist’. Hugh issues a twice yearly newsletter called ‘Pipipi’, which with wit and his wonderful drawings shows the triumphs and disasters of running Hinewai. A small donation is requested for the newsletter. Map

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Lincoln, Canterbury, South Island, holds collections of Hebe and other New Zealand native plants. Map

Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden and Forest Reserve, Wellington, North Island. This is the only facility dedicated solely to the preservation and interpretation of New Zealand’s native plant life. This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 220 acres (90 hectares) of native forest and 12 acres (5 hectares) of plant collections. Map

Queen’s Park, Invercargill, South Island. The park has dramatic tree-lined walkways, wooded areas, with a selection of native plants. Map

Te Kainga Marire – Maori for the peaceful encampment – is a skilfully designed inner-city native garden that mimics - and even improves - New Zealand’s natural environment. This is a harmonious garden that weaves subtle textures and colours with quirky forms. Lush ferns, wetland plants, alpine treasures and native trees here make up a microcosm of the New Zealand landscape – a gem of Middle Earth. Map

United States of America

North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University, is in Aurora, Oregon. Since 1999, the Centre has been trialling hebe and parahebe species and cultivars for coldhardiness in western Oregon. The trial also measures flowering, growth rate and disease susceptibility of the various clones. The trial had approximately 175 different clones in 2002, and more are being sought. Map

Santa Cruz Arboretum, University of California, grows about 100 species and cultivars of hebes, and about 1,200 species and cultivars of New Zealand native plants. Map

Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, has a long history of growing New Zealand native plants. Many specimens originated with New Zealand’s pavilion in a 1915 world’s fair there. Among the many hebes displayed is Hebe Franciscana, a Hebe elliptica × Hebe speciosa cross that is naturalised on San Francisco’s Pacific coast. There is also an Australian garden. Map

Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington State. The Arboretum is a spectacular urban green space on the shores of Lake Washington just east of downtown Seattle and south of the University of Washington. Its 230 acres (93 hectares) comprise a dynamic, living museum with collections of oaks, conifers, camellias, Japanese maples and hollies that are known internationally. There is an exhibit of New Zealand high country plants. Map

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