Join us for a fun day out visiting these fantastic places:
Trinity Church/ Shand’s Emporium — For those of you who joined our 2015 tour this will be a much anticipated update. Heritage champion Dr Anna Crighton is chairperson of the Trust that owns the Trinity Church. Anna is available to talk and update us on the progress made on this building. Right next door is Shand’s Emporium, another restoration we will be able to view and hear its restoration story.
The Tannery — Shop, eat, enjoy—The Tannery is a boutique shopping centre on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch. This old industrial precinct from the 19th century is now home to a retail complex boasting stunning architecture and art, and home to a concentration of boutique shops; a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail, craft and entertainment. You will be able to purchase lunch here, or you may wish to bring some with you.
Ohinetahi - Sir Miles Warren’s Garden—Governors Bay –includes a guided tour, talk and afternoon tea.
Ohinetahi is in a small bay with fine views down the length of Lyttleton Harbour and up to the surrounding hills.
A garden was first made on this site in 1865 by T.H.Potts, New Zealand's first botanist. Potts planted a great variety of exotic trees and shrubs, many of which still stand on the perimeter of the garden. He died in 1888 and thereafter the garden fell into disrepair until it consisted of little more than a lawn around the house.
Sir Miles Warren and Mr and Mrs Trengrove restored the house and began the present garden in 1977. Designed by two architects and an artist, the garden inevitably has a strong frame. The formal garden consists of a number of separate garden rooms of differing style and character arranged about two axis, one running east west and another north south.
On the side of the house there is a formal lawn with curved macrocarpa hedges at the end balanced by a pool and pool house at the opposite end. There is a rose garden enclosed in box hedges, traditional double herbaceous borders leading to a gazebo, a square walled garden planted in colours of red and green, and a walk of pleached hornbeams on stilts leading up to an oval lawn encircled with a hornbeam hedge.
Beyond the poolhouse a potager garden is arranged about a large marble capital and a glasshouse. From the oval and the gazebo, steps lead down to a woodland garden shaded by Pott's original trees with a stream flowing down to the harbour. A swing bridge extends the cross axis to a bush walk.
The garden is accented by architectural fragments and modern sculpture.
9.15am Leaving from outside the Ashburton District Council Building/Courthouse. There is plenty of angle parking.
10.00am Morning refreshments and toilet stop at Rolleston.
10.45am Trinity Church/Shand’s Emporium tour
12 noon The Tannery
2pm Ohinetahi Gardens and afternoon tea
Around 4pm we will depart for Ashburton.
Members $50.00 Non Members $65.00
Contact Julie Luxton