Secret Gardens

Isn’t it a pleasure when you come across a previously unknown public garden around the city. At the end of last summerphoto of a bee I visited the lovely rose garden just off Beverley Park in Richmond. At this peak time for roses I must revisit it. Another “hidden” garden I enjoy is Millbrook Reserve beside the Avon just off Rossall Street. Some of these places are well known but others are known only to locals or intrepid explorers of the city.

We mention some gardens to visit on our website but the little parks don’t feature. The Christchurch City Council has a no doubt comprehensive but rather soulless Parks A to Z.  So help me out here folks – share one of your local treasures.

8 thoughts on “Secret Gardens

  1. Linda 17 November 2010 / 9:59 pm

    I love Abberly Park, can be accessed from either Abberly Crescent or Ranfurly Street in St Albans/Merrivale/Edgeware.

    It has a rose garden, a lovely stream with ducks and nice bridges, a historic cottage used for community events and an after school programme, two playgrounds, a childrens swimming/paddling pool open in the summer and many lovley shady areas and lots of grass area with plenty of room to kick a ball around, have a picnic, a walk and lots of roomm for everyone.

    • Marion 18 November 2010 / 11:28 am

      I hadn’t been to Abberley Park for many years until I visited it earlier this year and yes it is a nice spot.

  2. Mojo-Jojo 18 November 2010 / 5:55 pm

    I’ve always loved the gardens around the University’s staff club. When I came to Christchurch as a student I spent my first year in Bishop Julius Hall – and thus had the pleasure of walking through these gardens a couple of times a day on my way to and from class.

    Early one morning, in a state of sleepy befuddlement, I absent-mindedly noted that there was a unicorn grazing on the lawn. It did not register that this might actually be somewhat out of place for a good minute. Finally my brain woke up and said “Hang on, there’s a UNICORN on the lawn!”

    Turns out they were filming Heavenly Creatures – but what a magical misty morning experience!

  3. Lynners 20 November 2010 / 10:39 am

    My local park is Risingholme Park, just two minutes walk away in Cholmondely Avenue. The house and grounds were donated to the city, and was once the home of William Pember Reeves and his wife Maud and daughter Amber, enthusiastic supporters of Kate Sheppard’s Votes for Women campaign. It’s a lovely peaceful little park with large trees and lawns, great for a picnic or family reunion. There is a playground for the children, and a wonderful view of Castle Rock (particularly impressive with snow or sunset light). Risingholme Community Centre with its arts and crafts classes operates in the old homestead. If this park was in Notting Hill it would be one of those exclusive key-holders only parks, so I’m very grateful to have it on my doorstep. If you get tired of sitting in the park, you can walk along the Heathcote river loop round Hansen Park.

  4. Rachel 22 November 2010 / 10:35 am

    I love Victoria Park. There is a great kid’s playground and plenty of space so it’s a perfect place for large end-of-year get-togethers with children. The dog park is a safe, contained space for dogs to meet and greet and, if we’re feeling energetic, Jock the Labrador and I run up the Harry Ell track to the Sign of the Kiwi. The views are always wonderful and the air is fresh and clean.

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