Video: Behind the scenes at Clachanburn Country Garden


Kate Coughlan meets Jane Falconer of Clachanburn Country Garden from This NZ Life on

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What does it take to create a garden of national significance in a remote place with an extreme climate and heavy clay soil? A body made of strong bones and a soul full of magic is a good start.

Jane Falconer has spent more than 30 years transforming Clachanburn Station cattle and sheep farm into a Garden of National Significance (the NZ Gardens trust’s rating).

Jane works from dawn-to-dusk most days maintaining the spectacular two-hectare property in the corner of Central Otago’s remotest Maniototo Plains. In the video above, Jane gives editor Kate Coughlan a tour of the property and a run down of what’s involved in maintaining the grounds.

Clachanburn Country Garden comes to life in a beautiful 16-page story in the May/June 2016 #issue 67  of NZ Life & Leisure. This Garden of National Significance is gloriously different in every season, and Art Director Yolanta Woldendorp and photographer Jane Ussher visited the garden four times to capture the magic.

NZ Life and Leisure This article first appeared in NZ Life & Leisure Magazine.

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