Merry Garth Brochure

Merry Garth Brochure

Merry Garth is a beautifully laid out 2.5 hectare garden, surrounded by temperate rainforest with an ever changing view south across the mountains and deep valleys of the National Park.

Keith and Libby Raines have created the garden over the past 35 years, carefully choosing a wide variety of excellent cold climate plants.

A large collection of Himalayan magnolias, maples, camellias and other rare trees are under planted with a significant collection of rhododendon hybrids and species, many of which are fragrant and soft in colour.

Large interesting sunny garden beds slope away from the house, planted with small alpines, tiny bulbs, weeping maples, standard wisteria, and tree paeonies. One looks out over this beautiful area to the soft view beyond.

Wide paths lead one from one area to another. Shady woodland gardens are under planted with many different hydrangeas, maples, azaleas, hellebore and hostas.

Bulbs too feature at Merry Garth. Many galanthus in winter and early spring followed by crocus, daffodills, erythroniums, fritillarias, and trilliums in spring, arisaema and lillies in summer and nerines, cyclamen and crocus clothe the ground in autumn.

A small nursery provides the keen gardener with a huge collection of cold climate plants to purchase or just admire. These plants are all propogated from plants from the garden and many are hard to obtain elsewhere.

Merry Garth is a tranquil place. A place to increase ones knowledge and to enjoy - an interesting and beautiful garden for all seasons.

The property was originally part of the Wynstay Estate, with a small workman's cottage being built in 1930. During the war the cottage became vacant and Libby's parents, Denys and Elizabeth Hake, were able to rent it from the Wynne family. They bought the cottage and five acres of land in 1960, added a room onto the cottage, planted a few trees and fenced a little more of the clearing. In 1979 Keith, Libby and their three young children came to live at Merry Garth and they started to create the garden. Keith designed and built the house incorporating the cottage and has done all the wood work in the house and garden.