This afternoon I spent some time exploring Hamilton Gardens and it turned out to be a very intriguing place! I knew it was a popular visitor destination – the most popular attraction in the region, in fact, with about 600,000 visitors each year – but I’d never actually been there myself. Now I’m recommending it to anyone visiting the Waikato area!
Taking the concept of public gardens a step beyond the ordinary, Hamilton Gardens features five collections of gardens, each designed to explore in some way the history and context of gardens. There’s a Productive Garden Collection, with kitchen and herb gardens, and a Cultivar Garden Collection, where you’ll find a myriad of roses, rhododendrons and camellias, but it was the Paradise Garden Collection that caught my imagination.