Visit the station

by Ann van Engelen

Terrace Station at Hororata opens its heritage garden and 15 hectares of woodland for visitors every spring with this year’s last open day being this Sunday, November 3 from 11am to 3pm.

“Terrace Station was the home of Sir John Hall and his wife Rose and is still lived in by their descendants. The Terrace Station Charitable Trust was established in 2002 to preserve and maintain the homestead and buildings for the benefit of the public,” says publicity volunteer Trish Hall.

“The homestead planting started prior to 1860, and you see massive hornbeam, Portuguese laurel, sycamores, horse chestnuts and elms. Visitors can also find celery pine, medlar, gingko and Judas trees.

“Although is it more like winter at the moment, the gardens and trees seem to know instinctively — that spring has sprung. September was freezing and damp, but in spite of that, Kate Foster of the Terrace Station Charitable Trust was delighted with the enthusiasm of the keen gardeners who enjoyed the displays of violets and primroses in the woods.

“In October, blue skies and bluebells welcomed visitors who kept the volunteers busy.

“Some went straight to the plant stall to stock up with the much sought-after trilliums, primroses and other woodland plants. Children came along with their parents and enjoyed the activities on their special sheets, and ran off to collect woodland items. Others relaxed with picnics on the lawns among the birds, butterflies and bees, and it was encouraging that no warming brazier was needed this time.

“The quiz table fascinated new faces with the older generation able to recognise many of the ancient domestic items, though some required explanations. The final open day will have foxgloves and aquilegias on display along with colourful shrubs and newly green trees.

“The giant sequoias, oaks, maples, linden limes, holm oaks and
cedars are visible on the woodland walkway.
“The plant stall will have some giveaways along with seasonal woodland plants for sale.

“The $5 entry fee goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust, children free.

There is no EFTPOS, cash only. Terrace Station is signposted from the Hororata roundabout — please leave dogs at home.”