Blair Garden

I found this garden on the New Zealand Garden Trust website. Emailed and scheduled a visit. I didn't realize that I'd be getting a personal garden tour with the owner and gardener, Janet. She was great! We walked around her 14 acre property for a few hours, and she told me everything about how she designed and planted all the trees, shrubs and perennials. She also told me wonderful stories about raising her three girls on the property. She also shared a very personal story about her middle daughters death. Fifteen years ago her daughter died in a helicopter crash. I think the reason we were talking about it was a few days prior to my visit the friends that notified her of her daughters death 15 yrs ago lost a son in a helicopter crash. Obviously it must have brought everything to the surface. I loved my time getting to know Janet and her garden. I regret not taking more photos...too busy talking! Love the Sorbus chasmiriana; it has white berries instead of orange or red!