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Explore The New Tudor Garden


Tue 24 Feb 2015, 8:00am–7:00pm
Wed 25 Feb 2015, 8:00am–7:00pm
Thu 26 Feb 2015, 8:00am–7:00pm
Fri 27 Feb 2015, 8:00am–7:00pm
Sat 28 Feb 2015, 8:00am–7:00pm

Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: HamiltonGardensNZ

Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads destroyed many of the world’s original Tudor Gardens, with neglect ruining those that remained. However, this beautiful form of fantasy garden has been recreated by Hamilton Gardens in the heart of the Waikato.

Come explore mythical creatures, an intricate knot garden, arbour, pudding house and of course the mischievous Pan who was the Greek god of the wild and companion of the nymphs.

A free children’s discovery sheet is available from or the Information Centre.

Positioned alongside the Waikato River, this traditional garden reflects the fascination sixteenth century English aristocracy had with geometric patterns and symbolism with double meanings. The intricate knot garden is based upon the drawings by Didymus Mountain – the pen-name of sixteenth century writer Thomas Hill – and has been under construction since 2011. Carved mythical beasts perch on green and white striped poles throughout the Garden; a griffin, dragon, centaur, phoenix, unicorn, satyr, sea serpent and Bottom – one of the primary characters from William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They hold sculptural crests of some of the ‘rock stars’ of Tudor times including privateer and slaver Sir Francis Drake, who was notorious for his many plunderous journeys sanctioned by Elizabeth I.

Hamilton Gardens has an internationally unique concept. It is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept has been compared to a museum with each garden collection having historic integrity and providing a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and life styles. In October, 2014 Hamilton Gardens was awarded International Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Network for this concept.

Visitors are guided on a journey of discovery along paths leading to mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh Garden. Hamilton Gardens has 21 themed garden areas with more being developed.

Admission to the Gardens is free. The Gardens is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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