February 24, 2024
‘Beautiful and incredibly productive’: Marlborough’s Barewood potager garden is a must visit

Photographer Juliet Nicholas and journalist Rosemary Barraclough travelled from the top rated of Aotearoa to its southernmost areas to observe down far more than 50 captivating non-public and community gardens in New Zealand Gardens to Go to.

The beneath is an edited extract from the reserve, posted by Penguin Random Dwelling NZ, $55.00.

Barewood Backyard garden

Awatere Valley, 40 minutes’ push from Blenheim.

Visits by appointment only, from the finish of September to April: Barewoodgarden.co.nz.

All people loves Carolyn Ferraby’s potager backyard at Barewood in Marlborough. Brick paths guide readers by a wonderful combine of fruit, berries, veggies and bouquets, all enclosed by a hornbeam hedge.

Just after visiting Rosemary Verey’s potager at Barnsley House in England, Carolyn came back again to Marlborough with copies of the strategies the celebrated backyard designer experienced drawn up for medieval-influenced vegetable gardens. They had symmetrical layouts and ‘little narrow paths for the weeder females to do the job from possibly facet so they didn’t want to stand on the gardens,’ states Carolyn, who went on to generate a potager which is both equally stunning and extremely successful.

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Paths are fringed with lavender lupins, sweet peas and poppies are dotted amid raspberries, boysenberries and rows of leeks and lettuces that keep the Ferrabys and friends nicely-fed. Carolyn’s husband, Joe, created arches for pears and apples – old-fashioned types this sort of as Peasgood’s Nonsuch, Liberty and Discovery – and the couple have been picking fruit within just 3 decades.

But the potager is only a person ingredient of this nicely-loved back garden, which brings together colourful, painterly perennial borders, restful eco-friendly areas, a woodland region and a pond. Barewood is a person of the crucial attractions of Backyard garden Marlborough, the festival Carolyn assisted establish almost 30 years ago.

In Barewood’s potager, ‘My Castle’ lupins, sweet peas and poppies mingle with vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Juliet Nicholas

In Barewood’s potager, ‘My Castle’ lupins, sweet peas and poppies mingle with vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Buxus hedging and brick paths keep the ever-changing edible planting tidy.

Juliet Nicholas

Buxus hedging and brick paths continue to keep the ever-transforming edible planting tidy.

From the outset, Carolyn adored Joe’s family’s century-aged homestead and wanted to generate a back garden that would do it justice. People are often welcomed on to the large verandah, which is curtained in white wisteria in spring.

Beside the house are huge perennial borders where Carolyn, who properly trained as a florist, plays with colour combinations. Repetition and lots of foliage are the keys to trying to keep the look serene, states Carolyn, who’s included trendy dahlias to the blend in recent yrs, even with remembering the years when dahlias were being distinctly ‘non-U’ and no self-respecting florist would have allowed just one in a bouquet.

Then it’s on to the shady hawthorn stroll, which is a cloud of white bouquets in spring.

‘Avenues are a wonderful way of major you on as a result of a garden,’ says Carolyn, ‘but I needed one thing that was ideal to a farm back garden, and we’ve bought hawthorn wild on the farm, whilst this is a double-grafted exclusive a person.’

The view through an avenue of Malus tschonoskii, a crab apple that has vivid foliage in autumn, to a seat built by Joe Ferraby and designed by his cousin Nick Thompson, a London-based architect who works in theatre design.

Juliet Nicholas

The watch by way of an avenue of Malus tschonoskii, a crab apple that has vivid foliage in autumn, to a seat constructed by Joe Ferraby and designed by his cousin Nick Thompson, a London-based mostly architect who will work in theatre design.

Left: A heritage apple variety, Discovery, is trained over an arch.

Juliet Nicholas

Remaining: A heritage apple wide variety, Discovery, is skilled about an arch.

A mown route beneath the hawthorns potential customers to a summerhouse and a pond. In fact, it’s definitely two summerhouses, simply because when the initially a single was designed Carolyn realised it did not offer a look at of the pond. A design-savvy customer came up with the option – knock the back again off the 1st 1 and increase on yet another – and Joe obliged.

Despite the fact that a farmer and businessman very first and foremost, Joe, Carolyn states, is a ‘beautiful builder’, and has established all of the constructions in the back garden. People summerhouses, seats and pergolas are critical to the garden’s accomplishment, she suggests. ‘At the conclusion of an avenue you need to have a full-prevent.’

People exit the bright and fast paced potager into an avenue of Malus tschonoskii, intended to truly feel like a cathedral and presenting people dappled shade in summer time and good color in autumn.

More than the many years, Carolyn has persuaded Joe to give up grazing room, increasing the dimensions of the back garden. ‘He says I have a degree in nagging,’ she jokes. She’s pleased with the measurement now, nevertheless, and spends her time editing the present planting.

A mown path through the hawthorn walk, which is always a highlight of Garden Marlborough.

Juliet Nicholas

A mown path via the hawthorn stroll, which is generally a spotlight of Back garden Marlborough.

She’s currently finessing the woodland area, adding unconventional vegetation she enjoys. She’d noticed tricky-to-come across stewartias at a yard conference in Wānaka. ‘They’re the most lovely trees, with pretty autumn colour and superb peeling bark.’ Carolyn set the word out, and two months afterwards a nursery call phoned. ‘Now I have obtained two tiny vegetation they’re magnificent,’ she claims.

Carolyn enjoys the neighborhood of gardeners she’s surrounded by. ‘Last yr I arrived residence in the middle of wintertime and there was a box of bulbs – one particular 50 percent was alliums and just one half was camassia, which I have been mad to get [they have large spikes of purple and blue flowers]. A buddy experienced dug them up and considered I would appreciate them. I’m so psyched. I have got them naturalising in the grass.

‘That’s the joy of gardening,’ she suggests.

‘Gardeners are sharing, generous individuals.’

Left: The wide farmhouse verandah has many spots to sit and enjoy the garden.

Juliet Nicholas

Still left: The vast farmhouse verandah has many places to sit and appreciate the garden.

A favorite plant:

‘I’ve received just about every viburnum that I’ve been in a position to come across,’ Carolyn claims, which include ‘Roseace’, ‘Molly Schroeder’ – which, as opposed to some viburnums, has flowers that stay pink all through the time – and all the significant-flowered plicatum kinds.

The initial cob property:

Beside the homestead, the authentic cob house can nevertheless be observed. It’s tiny and about 140 years outdated tricky to feel that a loved ones of eight at the time lived in it.

A style notion:

As you walk through the backyard garden, contemplate how the several gates and paths lead you to views that open up up before you. Carolyn provides guests a map so they can journey about the yard the way it was made to be seen.

Greatest time of yr to visit:

Spring is a specific time. Bulbs commence in September, with the hawthorn wander and wisteria out in October and looking very good for Garden Marlborough.

Text © Rosemary Barraclough, 2022 and Images © Juliet Nicholas, 2022