When Architects Garden
Architect John Trengrove and wife Pauline created one of New Zealand's most memorable gardens. Inspired to have in the Antipodes, what had been so masterfully achieved in England, they composed their own garden rooms with the skill of architectural craftsmen. With one slight difference, their palate included New Zealand native plants. The result was a superb garden of spacial excellence, dramatic contrasts and a garden uniquely New Zealand.
The couple had “cut their teeth” so to speak, in another garden. They pulled another garden out of its beauty sleep restoring the house and then re-creating the garden. The skeleton was good, as it was once owned by New Zealand’s first botanist T.H. Potts. The third member of that garden trio was Pauline’s architect brother, Sir Miles Warren, himself an architectural legend. Challenged again Pauline (the plantswomen with an determined eye) and her husband John left Ohinetahi, moving away from the Governors Bay area to make this their own garden-as-a-duo, Christchurch.
Visitors wanting to walk the through-views and pace the many longitudinal axes as I did, will be disappointed. The garden is no longer open to the public. All the more am I pleased my camera captured these visual memories. Ohinetahi is however open to view. This “other” masterpiece is going strong. Trengroves “first go” is a firm star in New Zealand’s garden firmament. This their second garden a much missed shooting star!