The Hamilton Gardens are a sort of museum that feature themes from ancient civilizations. It is the most popular tourist destinations in the Waikato Region, attracting not less than a million of people each year.
Owned and managed by the Hamilton City Council, the Hamilton Gardens is a public botanical patch. It lies on a four-acre land between State Highway 1 and the Waikato River bank in the southern part of Hamilton City.
What makes Hamilton Gardens different from any other garden is its ability to convey a story in each of the garden themes. As soon as you enter, a guide will take you on a journey of discovery from the tranquil Chinese Sung Dynasty era, and into different periods. You’ll surely be mesmerized at the varied themes that are divided into five collections, namely:
Paradise Collection. This garden will bring you back to at least three Asian civilizations, two European periods, and the 20th century West Coast American tradition.
Productive Collection. I have a personal bias for this themed-garden because it’s something closest to my heart. I love the way the gardeners present the patches with such convincing and unique characters in
- Sustainable Backyard
- Herb Garden
- Kitchen Garden
- Te Parapara
Fantasy Collection. Its newest addition, the Tudor Garden, stands out because it depicts the English aristocracy of the 16th century with a complex knot garden. The other themes that belong to this collection include the Tropical Garden, and the Chinoiserie Garden. And more gardens are still coming up.
Cultivar Collection features five themes, namely:
- Rogers Rose Garden tells the story of how the modern rose developed from species to the newest hybrids.
- Hammond Camellia Garden tells how the Camellia flower genus developed
- New Zealand Cultivar Garden features cultivars from New Zealand native plants
- Rhododendron Lawn highlights small deciduous trees
- Victorian Flower Garden features greenhouses, and a 19th century English tradition
Landscape Garden. This features three themes, namely: the Hamilton East Cemetery, the Valley Walk, and the Bussaco Woodland.