|Regeneration by Murray Swan|
Owner, David Bayly, grew up on the land on his family farm. From an early age he developed a deep interested in plants and eventually bought a part of his father's farm to turn into a very successful plant nursery. The sculpture gardens were part of his vision and through the determination and sheer hard work of both David and his wife, Geraldine, they now form a sublime and tranquil backdrop for the art exhibitions they have held every year for the last eight years.
|The Secret Life of Trees by Denise Marshall|
The one kilometre trail winds through a peaceful, rural valley with constantly changing vistas. Along the twisting pathways you will find a well maintained vegetable garden and orchard, mown lawns and hydrangea lined paths, groves of pine trees and New Zealand bush reflecting in ponds, the whole coming together harmoniously. Against this backdrop are the sculptures, 59 in all, carefully picked to suit their specific location.
I liked the whimsical display of brightly coloured ladders, with amusing quotes written on them, set amongst the orchard, a contribution to the exhibition from the Bayly's.
Example: Quote from Mae West "She climbed the ladder of success from wrong to wrong"
|Hydrangeas by Janette Cervin|
As with every sculpture trail some of the art is beautiful, some is challenging and some is more prosaic. It is a good mix. There are plenty of places to picnic and also seating for quiet contemplation.
|Taraxacum Forest by Janet and Mario Downes|
|The bush walk was carved using traditional tools - wheelbarrow, shovel and rake|
|Dragonfly by Bruce Young|
|Seagulls by Jay Lloyd ( the Kaipara Harbour in the distance)|