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A Productive Garden in New Zealand



Bonniebrook Bed and Breakfast

A family wedding and Christmas on New Zealand’s South Island led to the discovery of two magnificent productive gardens.  One large and a smaller, but equally intriguing one that shows just how productive a suburban backyard can be. 

Mr Fresh is a Kiwi and his industrious parents have just moved to a new home a couple of months ago.  It is located in Renwick just outside Blenheim in the famous Marlborough wine region. Five acres of land, with a lovely stream running through it, a treasure trove of fruit and nut trees. There are multiples of many each fruit tree, (eg: 19 peach trees!) and possibly many varieties. It will take some time for my in-laws to bring the trees back to perfect form due to years of lack of attention. It will also take some time to work out the varieties of each tree. Right now there are heavily laden grapefruit, orange, lemon, apricot and plum trees.

Apricot Tree

Plum Tree

On my little walks around the property I counted (with the help of Dorothy) 16 types of fruit trees – I can only dream!! If there was no wedding scheduled I would have been in the kitchen preserving. I was itching to collect fruit from the heavily laden trees. 

  • Apples
  • Apricot
  • Blueberry
  • Elder Tree
  • Feijoa
  • Fig
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Loquat
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Plum
  • Quince

My mother in law has also just planted a number of other berry canes.

Two types of nut tree: Hazelnut and Walnut are also on the property and possibly an almond tree.

Hazelnut Tree

The green house vegetables include: 

  • Cabbage
  • Capsicums
  • Chilli
  • Coriander
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes


Greenhouse lettuce

Tomato Strings

I have been intrigued by the way my mother-law grows her tomatoes for years. Stay tuned as I have finally learned how she does it and will share it here soon. 

Potatoes and pumpkins have been newly planted in a separate area of the garden.


With many years experience in the horticulture industry my in-laws will generate an peaceful, magical garden laden with produce as they discover and harness the amazing array of plants on this fabulous property.

You can experience and explore it yourself as there are two separate bed and breakfast accommodation options on the property, one we got to give a test run on our visit.  Peaceful and newly furbished, established with your privacy and comfort in mind it is a lovely spot to unwind and explore the region. Surrounded by vineyards with the stunning Witherhills in the background it is a quick drive into Blenheim if you need to access the stores.

Bonniebrook bed and breakfast

Book/check for accommodation availability at Bonniebrook here.


 Here are just a couple of the stunning picturesque regional highlights that I captured from our trip: 

Wairau River

Wither Hills Farm Walk

Onion Seeds

Visit Bonniebrook and explore the stunning Marlborough region at your leisure, fueled by a wonderful breakfast before you head out 🙂

*This is obviously a family property.  I had planned to write about the garden from the minute we arrived. The fact that accommodation options are available makes it even more exciting to tell you about it.  Experience it for yourself. Don’t take my word for it 🙂 

Have you visited New Zealand’s South Island? I find myself in awe of it’s beauty each time I visit.  






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  • Linda January 7, 2014, 11:00 am

    Sounds stunning. Makes me want to go to NZ. And how wonderful for those who established this to know that it is being cared-for, not cleared.

  • Lizzy (Good Things) January 7, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Utterly beautiful… and why wouldn’t you spread the word?! Indeed… thank you for sharing.

  • Lisa the Gourmet Wog January 9, 2014, 6:26 pm

    WOW, just Wow! I wouldn’t want to leave!

    • Kyrstie Barcak January 9, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Yes Lisa, all holidays end in a little bit of the blues but it does make me more motivated to get my garden cracking along. It is soooo slow this year.

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