Terrace Station Charitable Trust at Hororata is opening its garden to celebrate autumn

Autumn at Terrace Station

by Ann van Engelen

Terrace Station Charitable Trust at Hororata is opening its gardens this autumn on Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 26 from 11am to 3pm.

“Drought has placed some stress on the garden, but the trees are magnificent as always,” says publicity officer Trish Hall.

“The 150-year-old oaks and sequoias provide vital shade among maples, linden limes, holm oaks and cedars. The garden is a peaceful haven for birds, butterflies, bees and other insects where so often modern farming methods do not allow a suitable environment. Roses will still provide some late colour, and late flowering plants such as liriope and sternbergia may still be lingering in April.

“Apart from the garden, the Hutch displays historic farming and gardening tools and the quiz table. A popular regular feature will show fascinating 19th-century domestic items for viewers to ponder over.

“Children will be kept entertained with self-guided activities. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns, and there will be plants for sale. The house is still the private home of Kate and Richard Foster and is not open for garden days. The $5 entry fee goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust. Children are free entry and we do not have EFTPOS available — cash only. Terrace Station will be signposted from the Hororata roundabout. Please leave dogs at home.”

More information about open days and tours is available at terracestation.org.nz.