Video: Behind the scenes at Clachanburn Country Garden

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

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.

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