This family turned their Gisborne garden into the ultimate entertainer’s area

A bare piece of land outside of Gisborne is now the ultimate spot for family living and entertaining thanks to years of determination and hard work 

This family worked incredibly hard to transform their rural garden

A bare paddock and a vision for the future are at the heart of many a good Kiwi tale and that was definitely the case for Jo and Phil Ware, who returned from their obligatory OE in London dreaming of big New Zealand skies and rolling green pastures.

Jo and Phil say making sure their garden was accessible for everyone to enjoy was key to their plans and it’s the one thing they’re most proud of. They love cooking outdoors, swimming in the pool, and being able to see their family and friends enjoy the fruits of their Herculean effort in establishing the garden. It is all the reward they need.

But this is a never-ending story and change is a constant at the Ware household. Ideas they are currently mulling over include a platform in the gully, more of their famous hedging, and planting yet more natives to encourage the birds.

Jo and Phil’s garden will be open to the public as part of the Gisborne Garden and Arts Festival in November.

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Words by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Sarah Horn.

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