After breakfast this morning we enjoy our first garden visit at EVERSLEY which was developed from a tree-planting plan . A formal rose garden is confined by a stone wall. Then THE GARDEN OF Tim and Sally Wadworth who purchased this block of 60 acres with a long-term plan of a busy retirement! The newly completed house has magnificent views with inspiring recent plantings which shows what can be achieved in a short time. The last garden this morning is WILLOWS GREEN with a unique response to a challenging site, this terraced hillside country garden features beautiful blooms, a pergola-covered “lane of roses”, a summerhouse and paths through woodland filled with camellias and hydrangeas. We take a break for lunch (own expense) before rejoining our coach for a visit to THE GARDEN OF Neil and Juliet Mackinnon which is a large town garden featuring extensive lawn and established trees that create a canopy for rhododendrons, camelias, hostas and recently planted hydrangeas. Then its off to the GARDEN OF Chris Fletcher which is an urban courtyard garden overlooking the Taylor River Reserve and features topiary, hedging, maples and a small woodland area. 21 years ago, MORITAKI, at the foot of the Wither Hills, was a bare clay farmland. Now it’s a tranquil and inspiring green oasis with solely New Zealand native plants, full of birdlife and a unique water feature by a Japanese landscape designer. The last garden of our tour is THE GARDEN OF Geoff and Robin Robinson. A much admired small town garden and boasting a life-sized statue, “The Family” by Alan Coleman, and a fountain water feature.