Last week, Gerard and Barb visited Eastwoodhill Arboretum and brought back some wonderful photos of their visit.
Eastwoodhill is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and is located about 25km from Gisborne. A visit to Eastwoodhill has been on Gerard and Barb's bucket list for some time and they chose to visit in Autumn when the hundreds of maples, liquidambars, and red and scarlet oaks make a spectacular show of Autumn colours.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum covers an area of 135 hectares (approximately 330 acres) of hill country. It has the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. Eastwoodhill Arboretum was created by (William) Douglas Cook, who came to the Gisborne district in 1910 to farm. His ambition, however, was to plant trees and he spent the next fifty five years bringing in and planting thousands of different species and cultivars of trees and shrubs. Douglas Cook died in 1967.
Bill Williams purchased the property in 1965 and established Eastwoodhill as a trust. Since 1975 it has been administered by a Trust Board and has been run by local volunteers.
The value of the collection at Eastwoodville Arboretum has been recognised with the acknowledgement of Eastwoodhill as the "National Arboretum of New Zealand".
In 1978 it received an award as an "Arboretum Distinguished for Merit" from the International Dendrology Society, the first such award ever given, and in 2004 Eastwoodhill Arboretum was recognised as a "Garden of National Significance" by the NZ Gardens Trust.
Eastwoodville has a variety of beautiful, peaceful walking tracks leading through its woods and meadows. The ponds are very pretty and there are benches for relaxing and enjoying the view. Summer concerts are hosted in the grassed amphitheatre.
A highlight for Barb and Gerard were the maple and oak trees with their brilliant autumn colours.
If you are planning to pay a visit to Eastwoodville Arboretum, it is well worth setting aside a minimum of 2-5 hours so that you will have enough time to enjoy the beautiful setting.
The Fibonacci Spiral is worth a visit - children enjoy being able to spin the huge 750kg granite ball in the centre of the spiral. Friction is eliminated by suspending the ball on water.
The best times to visit are in Autumn when the colours are stunning - or in Spring, when the daffodils are in flower and the new spring growth is showing on the deciduous trees.
We thought we'd leave you with this beautiful photograph Barb took of one of the wonderful trees at Eastwoodville - those of us who haven't yet been there are definitely adding it to our bucket list!(Ref: www.eastwoodhill.org.nz )