The subtropical garden at Wharepuke in Kerikeri Bay of Islands New Zealand was started in 1993 by Robin Booth. The original family land purchased in 1938 by Stan and Joyce Booth had grown the famous Kerikeri Tangelos and Chinese Gooseberries which New Zealanders developed into what we know of as Kiwifruit.
These old trees were taken out, paths formed up the valley. A subtropical nursery was started and the planting of the gardens begun.
Today there are 5 acres of Garden of Significance NZGT at Wharepuke for people to enjoy. There is also a sculpture trail curated by daughter Tania and partner Mark Graver within Robins plantings of changing artworks from artists around NZ and abroad. An art gallery, nontoxic printmaking studio, cafe and cottage accommodation for those wishing to stay and experience more of Wharepuke make it a complete destination.
Robin has a vast knowledge of subtropical plants and his garden exhibits many rare and unusual plants that you won’t see elsewhere in New Zealand.
This is meant to serve as a guide to Wharepuke Subtropical Garden. It is an ongoing process with seasonal photos and more plants being added.
The gardens and sculpture park are open to the public with a charge. The art gallery is free.