Some 25 km north from centre of Auckland City in rural Coatesville lies Mincher Gardens, endorsed as a Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust.
The gardens are a continuing “work in progress” since 1995 for the owners Angela and Bruce Spooner and can be visited by appointment throughout the year.
The long driveway leads visitors past the Georgian-style family home to a car park behind the Gardener’s Cottage where they are welcomed by the hosts. The scale of the development is immediately apparent and it is easy to see that this is a project that has been lovingly created and gladly shared.
Here are some images from our visit last weekend.