1 Marg & Les Ridd

1. Marg & Les Ridd

"Glen Doone" 1443 Whanrewarwen Road, MOLESWORTH

 

We bought "Glen Doone" and moved here in 1975. The basic house dates back to 1915 and had gradually been added onto.  The farm, garden, sheds and fences had been burnt out in the 1969 fires and all that survived was the house. So when we took over there was virtually no garden apart from a couple of rows of apple trees in the front yard, some camellias and a young oak tree.

The garden gradually evolved with beds firstly made around the house and following that around the fence lines. Next came a path to the front door, the rose garden, a garden shed and a copse of silver birches a couple of years ago.

The garden now consists of a variety of cottage plants including roses, Japanese windflowers, box hedges, agapanthus, seaside daisy, valerian, geraniums, and set off by some large gum trees and liquidambars.

The vegetable garden was originally near the oak tree but as it grew the tree provided too much shade and took out too many nutrients from the soil so the veggies were moved into part of a paddock.

The last project has been a dry stone wall built because the soil was eroding from under agapanthus exposing the roots, the weight making them fall down the bank!

We could not have kept extending the garden if it hadn’t been for a fantastic watering system which we installed.  The water comes from a dam which is spring fed in the hills at the back of the property and which gravity feeds down two kilometres of pipe into the garden.

The garden has been a joy to work in, especially as the 360 degree views of the hills around Molesworth are wonderful.

 

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:

  • Devonshire Teas, food, plants, produce stalls - Molesworth Hall Committee
  • Quilt display.