Romantic charm brought to life at Hamilton Gardens

Explore the 19th Century Arts and Crafts garden style which inspired this pretty English Flower Garden.

Of the many European design traditions that put plants and flowers on display, the 19th Century Arts and Crafts style does it best. This is the style which inspired the English Flower Garden at Hamilton Gardens. In the period's heyday, Arts and Crafts gardens were commonly referred to as 'gardens of a golden afternoon'.

You'll find this romantic charm brought to life in the English Flower Garden at Hamilton Gardens. Walls and hedges create 'outdoor rooms' while lines and borders lead to quaint arbors, seats and fountains. Its easy to stay a minute or a while amongst it all on the Garden's beautiful sunken lawn.

The English Flower Garden is one of the six Paradise Gardens each representing major garden design traditions. There were a range of European styles for which the primary purpose was the display of flowers and collections of plants. The English Arts and Crafts style (also referred to as the New Georgian Style and the Natural Style) was chosen to represent the tradition because it has been the most enduring, distinctive and aesthetically successful.

Many notable gardens in this style have been created throughout the 20th century, but the period from 1870 till the Great War is generally considered to be the golden age, and the gardens of the period are often referred to as 'the gardens of a golden afternoon'.

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. It is internationally recognised for its unique concept and is the Waikato region’s most popular tourist destination.

Only five minutes drive from Hamilton’s CBD, the Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free. Access is off SH1, alongside Cobham Drive on the southern side of Hamilton.  Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs are available to hire and guided tours are available.