Longbush Cottage Gardens

A modern cottage garden located in beautiful central Wairarapa, New Zealand.

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An introduction to the gardens

Check out the gardens at Longbush Cottage and embark on an enchanting journey through nature’s beauty. As you step into this modern flower-filled cottage garden, you will be immersed in vibrant colours and captivating planting themes.

Luke, the creative genius behind this horticultural masterpiece, has skillfully crafted a series of “garden rooms” radiating from the charming 1890s cottage, encompassing over a hectare of land.

Each garden room offers a unique and immersive experience, with carefully curated plantings that create a harmonious blend of textures and scents.

Take your time to explore each space at your own pace during the self-guided tour, which typically lasts about an hour. Every day of the year, the gardens offer areas of interest that change and evolve, ensuring that there is always something enchanting to discover.

A visit to Longbush Cottage Gardens is a truly mesmerising experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the wonders that surround us.

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An introduction to the gardens

Check out the gardens at Longbush Cottage and embark on an enchanting journey through nature’s beauty. As you step into this modern flower-filled cottage garden, you will be immersed in vibrant colours and captivating planting themes.

Luke, the creative genius behind this horticultural masterpiece, has skillfully crafted a series of “garden rooms” radiating from the charming 1890s cottage, encompassing over a hectare of land.

Each garden room offers a unique and immersive experience, with carefully curated plantings that create a harmonious blend of textures and scents.

Take your time to explore each space at your own pace during the self-guided tour, which typically lasts about an hour. Every day of the year, the gardens offer areas of interest that change and evolve, ensuring that there is always something enchanting to discover.

A visit to Longbush Cottage Gardens is a truly mesmerising experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the wonders that surround us.

LAMS glasshouses at Longbush

LAMS glasshouses at Longbush

LAMS is a premier French manufacturer of aluminium glasshouses, specializing in creating both vintage-inspired early 20th-century and modern designs.

Meticulously handcrafted in France, the glasshouses seamlessly blend the enchantment of bygone eras with contemporary materials and construction techniques, all while offering the added advantage of zero maintenance.

Whether seeking the perfect environment to nurture your seedlings and plants or additional space in which to savour your garden throughout the year, LAMS presents tailored solutions to meet your individual needs.

Explore a wide range of options that provide a sanctuary for cultivation and inspire grand visions and designs. Embrace the alluring aesthetics of our greenhouses while luxuriating in their functional features and enduring quality.

Longbush Cottage proudly serves as the national distributor of LAMS glasshouses in New Zealand.

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LAMS is a premier French manufacturer of aluminium glasshouses, specializing in creating both vintage-inspired early 20th-century and modern designs.

Meticulously handcrafted in France, the glasshouses seamlessly blend the enchantment of bygone eras with contemporary materials and construction techniques, all while offering the added advantage of zero maintenance.

Whether seeking the perfect environment to nurture your seedlings and plants or additional space in which to savour your garden throughout the year, LAMS presents tailored solutions to meet your individual needs.

Explore a wide range of options that provide a sanctuary for cultivation and inspire grand visions and designs. Embrace the alluring aesthetics of our greenhouses while luxuriating in their functional features and enduring quality.

Longbush Cottage proudly serves as the national distributor of LAMS glasshouses in New Zealand.

Plan your Garden Visit

Open daily by appointment between 10:00 and 16:00:

  • $15 per person, cash or internet banking
  • Seasonal plants are available for sale
  • Sorry, no Eftpos or Credit Card facilities are available
  • 15 to 20 minutes drive from Martinborough, Greytown, Carterton, and Masterton
Book now

Plan your Garden Visit

Open daily by appointment between 10:00 and 16:00:

  • $15 per person, cash or internet banking
  • Seasonal plants are available for sale
  • Sorry, no Eftpos or Credit Card facilities are available
  • 15 to 20 minutes drive from Martinborough, Greytown, Carterton, and Masterton

Get to know Longbush Cottage

Luke Gardner, Chief Gardener

Get to know Longbush Cottage

Luke Gardner, Chief Gardener

I take great delight in my garden! It boasts a contemporary spin on the classic cottage style, inspired by 20th-century arts and crafts gardens.

My preference is to blend indigenous plants with foreign ones to imbue it with a distinct New Zealand flavour. While the structure is mainly formal, characterized by straight lines and vistas, the planting has a more relaxed feel, occasionally appearing a tad wild.

My aim is not to achieve horticultural perfection but rather to create a cheerful and vibrant atmosphere with a variety of plant themes. And, at its core, is a charming little 1890s cottage that I have restored from its dilapidated state.

I take great delight in my garden! It boasts a contemporary spin on the classic cottage style, inspired by 20th-century arts and crafts gardens.

My preference is to blend indigenous plants with foreign ones to imbue it with a distinct New Zealand flavour. While the structure is mainly formal, characterized by straight lines and vistas, the planting has a more relaxed feel, occasionally appearing a tad wild.

My aim is not to achieve horticultural perfection but rather to create a cheerful and vibrant atmosphere with a variety of plant themes. And, at its core, is a charming little 1890s cottage that I have restored from its dilapidated state.

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