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Ayrlies Plant Fair

A gardening community event for all

Come with your gardening friends and be a part of this gardening community event that brings together keen gardeners, specialist plant growers and societies. An exciting variety of plants from many of New Zealand’s leading growers will be on sale. Light refreshments will be available, along with live music.


The Kiwi Living Programme

Tony Murrell visits Ayrlies

Characterised by sweeping lawns, ponds and waterways, Ayrlies covers an area of more than 12 acres (4.5 hectares). The success of the garden is all down to the extraordinary vision of one remarkable woman, the first lady of horticulture Bev McConnell (QSM - services to horticulture) who began the garden from scratch over half a century ago.


Horticulture's first lady

Gardening was Bev McConnell's first love. That and my family of course, says the 82 year old owner of Ayrlies garden. And it's that love and passion that had led to her peaceful haven being ranked in the Wall St Journal as one of the finest in the world.


NZ Life & Leisure

The significant gardener

It was wonderful to meet so many NZ Life & Leisure readers at the launch of Ayrlies. My story my garden by the inspirational Bev McConnell. It was a wonderful afternoon with hundreds of us all enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Ayrlies, Bev's garden in Whitford.


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