Bason Botanic Gardens (Public)
Gifted to the citizens of Wanganui, Bason Botanic Garden has been developed from bare farmland since 1966. Extensive roading allows the visitor to tour the garden without leaving their vehicle while tree plantings, widespread lawns and modern conservatories have added a completely new dimension. A very moderate climate allows a wide range of plants to be grown, none more evident than the Norfolk pines that emerge into the skyline.
The architecturally designed conservatories were built with recycled bricks from a city theatre and house tropical plants, some interesting begonias and a collection of cooler climate orchids. A path lined with Phoenix palms leads to the Homestead Garden which retains the profusely flowering cottage garden style. There are views out over the Mediterranean garden displaying those plants which suit the locality so well, such as Aeonium
. A picturesque lake fills the valley floor, a haven for wild life.
More recent developments include the staircase which traverses the Mediterranean garden that covers the Millennium Hill. The steps are lined with terracotta pots, and provide a direct route up to a lookout offering shelter as well as wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The Alexander terraces are another recent addition. They step down from the flat lawn area to the lakeside walkway, allowing visitors to enjoy a different perspective of the lake and gain easier access to the gardens at the rear of the Property.
There is something of interest every month of the year. Walking trails lead visitors round the gardens and the original homestead. Experience the dream!
Opening Hours and Tariffs
Gardens open all year round 8am to dusk
The Conservatory is open daily from 9am – 4.30pm