I say hidden because its well off the beaten track of Highway1, and a bit of a trek from the nearest civilisation ie the small township of Wyndham in Southland. None of this matters because if you are a gardener or a photographer or a birder (or all three like me) then driving ALL DAY would be well worth the trip provided you allow yourself several hours to wander and enjoy its delights – details on their website
Warning there are LOTS of photos in this post Im not going to say much because, quite frankly, its all in the images. Fabulous place and I sadly didn’t get to see all of it as the day I was there was unbelievably hot, and I had visited with the intention of purchasing some bluebells, which rather embarrassingly had to be specially dug due to my lack of sending a confirmation email advising I *was* coming to pick them up OOPS!
One of the particular treasures of Maple Glen are the birds. The owners hand rear a lot of exotic and also native birds, and the air is alive with twittering wherever you walk. While I was sitting in the blissful cool shade watching my bluebells be dug up and chatting to the gentleman graciously doing the digging I spotted a woodpigeon doing its usual crashland into the top of a tree not far away. Snapping the 70-200 F4 IS L lens on, I stalked up behind a handy tree, and spent several minutes clicking off as many images as I could get. This is my best shot and I am absolutely stoked with it
So please make the effort to visit Maple Glen, it will offer delights any time of the year, and Rob (chief weeder and digger of bluebells) knows the proper botannical name of every plant in there, and probably the date and time it was planted as well!
I was there on a bright harsh sunny day, at the worst time for photos, so please don’t take them as the best example of the garden – go here instead and see Maple Glen at its finest