Nau Mai Haere Mai – Welcome



Pæony Flower & Tuber Sales

Potted Plants, Native Nursery and Traditional Maori Vegetables & Rongoa (Medicine).

The our new small garden cafe & shop will be OPEN to the public to visit during flowering from November to December.

Pæony flower season is from middle of November to middle December –  OPEN from 9am to 3pm

Pæony Tuber are dug from the middle of March to early April.


Our  North Otago property is situated  near the ‘Big Hedge Chicken’ and The Waianakarua Memorial Hall, midway between Herbert and Hampden. When you turn into Bluff Hills Road we are the only property on the left and before you get to the railway line. Look for the Pæony sign, park in the front paddock and walk along the drive and past the house.

We are bounded by two pine plantations, the mountains and the sea which gives quite a cool climate. Plant growth is very late and plants like Daisies, Geranium and Dahlia don’t survive the harsh frosts.

This climate is perfect for Pæonies though and they grow tall, straight and magnificent.

The garden is a little over half an acre with species and ornamental trees, Camellias, Magnolias, box hedges and a large perennial border.

Treasures like self seeding patches of Trillium, Tree Pæony,  Perennial Clematis, Toad Lily and Baptissia can be found. There are also collections of Geums, Campanula, Lamium, Potentilla, species Geraniums and many less common perennials

The large paddock of herbaceous Pæony is a treat to see when in bloom. One block has a thousand plants of white Shirley Temple while the second block has over two thousand plants made up of

26 different varieties of red pink and whites. You can walk through the flowers and see the differences between the  singles, doubles, bombs and blouses. Be sure to bring your camera!

Flowers are always available to purchase and a sleeved bunch consisting of 5 bud costs $5. The flowers in the bunch can be all the same colour or a mixture of whatever you choose.

Visitors to the garden are welcome any time of the year, whether it is a few in a car or a bus load. There is no charge to visit our garden. Just give us a call first to ensure that someone is home if it is not during the Pæony season. We happily supply hot water for a cuppa and there are lovely spots to have a picnic lunch.

Native birds, including Tui, Korimako (Bellbird), warblers and fantails, are resident in the gardens and often sing their thanks for the sugar water.

The property is wheel chair friendly and for those who find walking long distances a problem, vehicles can be driven right up to the Pæony on request. There is ample parking and easy turning, even for large buses.

Pæony Blooms & Tubers