A walk on the cultivated side

Monday 14 January 2013, 4:02PM

By Taranaki Regional Council



Taranaki people have two opportunities to gain deeper insights into one of the region’s horticultural crown jewels on Sunday (20 January).

Hollard Gardens at Kaponga will be the venue for one of the New Plymouth District Council’s Summer Guided Walks. And those who already know and love Hollards will also be able to find out how to become more involved with the heritage property.

Established by plantsman Bernie Hollard in the 1930s, the 4.5ha property is renowned for its plant collection and is described as a horticultural oasis in the heart of dairy country.

People are free to attend either or both events on Sunday. Details are:

  • 2pm-3pm – volunteer recruitment session: Learn more about the history of Hollards, about exciting new developments, and about the roles volunteers can play in the ornamental garden or Bernie’s Home Garden, hosting and leading tours, helping with events and workshops and promoting the property. Please register your attendance at this session by Friday 18 January. Email or call 0800 736 222 and ask to speak to Georgie.
  • 3pm-4.30pm –guided walk: Enjoy Hollard Gardens in all its summer glory and learn about the property and its diverse range of plants. Then stay on for a twilight picnic at the newly developed Family Corner with free barbecue and kitchenette and expanded playground.


Hollard Gardens is open daily and entry is free. Along with Pukeiti and Tupare, it is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region.