Trevor Griffiths Rose Gardens

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Roses are an important feature of the Timaru landscape. The most significant rose garden is the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden situated at Caroline Bay adjacent to the piazza. At the foot of the Timaru Piazza close to the shores of Caroline Bay, the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden is remarkable with almost 1,200 roses in an architecturally designed setting complete with arbors, pool, and a fountain. This is a sumptuous fusion of traditional rose garden style and contemporary design. Opened in December 2001, the garden was established to preserve and honour the collection of old roses gathered over a life time by the celebrated rosarian Trevor Griffiths. Trevor Griffiths is a name synonymous with beautiful old roses. Fascinated by plants and flowers from a very young age, a career in horticulture was inevitable for Trevor, and a draft towards cultivation of the world's most popular flower inescapable. Designed by the Christchurch architect Sir Miles Warren, the garden comprises a series of geometric beds radiating from the central pergola - clearly seen from the piazza above. The design has strong lines created by the use of steel structures - gazebos and central pergola while arbours link the whole. A small fountain pool and classical bronze figure forms the centerpiece. Timaru has had a long history with the rose. Its temperate climate, soil conditions and sheltered atmosphere lend the perfect environment for growing the blooms. The Timaru Botanic Gardens also house a large rose collection and both gardens have been named 'gardens of regional significance' by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Best viewed in December when the ramblers and noisettes are in flower, this garden is owned by the community and maintained by the Timaru District Council and volunteers. Don't miss your opportunity to ramble through this world-scale collection and experience one of the Southern Hemisphere's best rose gardens.
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Port Loop Road, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand (Direction)

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