Loch Leven

Rhododirect Gardens

Our History

Doreen and Michael purchased their small farm in 1989. The 2 acre garden has evolved and changed over the last 30 years from a very small lawn with a silver birch and gum tree surrounding the house. The fences have been moved numerous times, the house has been extended, a bulldozer was used to create contour to the flat paddock. Leyland cypress and poplars were planted straight away to create some shelter from the Norwest winds.  Hedges and topiaries feature throughout the garden that gives formality and all year round structure.  The numerous hedges are also used to propagate the 1000s of cuttings that are grown and sold in the nursery and online. The garden offers a range of different borders planted with combinations of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, rhododendrons, roses, peonies, hostas and an abundance of perennials.  A native area blends with the landscape with mass plantings of poa cita. Trees have been planted throughout the large lawn to give a park-like effect. Large rocks and wire art have been incorporated to add interest. Raised vegetables gardens and a small orchard were developed 3 years ago.  A new white garden is presently being planted.

The Gardeners

Doreen and Michael fatten beef cattle on their farm. Doreen operates an online nursery specialising in hedging as well as growing perennials, shrubs, roses and topiaries. The small nursery is open by appointment.  They enjoy sharing their passion for gardening with others..

Garden Details

714 Rotherham Road South
Culverden R D 1
North Canterbury 7391

Directions from Christchurch

Head north on state highway 1 until Waipara, turn left onto State Highway 7 towards Hanmer Springs. Drive through Culverden, approximately 2km north of Culverden, turn to the right signposted ‘Rotherham’, ‘Waiau’, ‘Kaikoura’. We are 7.14kms from here on the right.

From Hanmer Springs Take the road towards Culverden, turn left at Mouse Point corner onto Flintofts Road, turn left onto Rotherham Road South, we are approximately 2km on the right hand side.


Loch Leven

Frequently Asked Questions



03 315 6408 or 027 220 5186

Contact person
Doreen Dryden


Loch Leven garden and nursery is open by appointment all year round

$10.00 per person to view garden

Down the drive past the house, beside the nursery. Large groups and on open days, (follow signs) park in the paddock to the left in front of the garden and come through the wrought iron gate into the garden.

Public toilets are available in both Culverden and Waiau townships.

Morning/Afternoon Teas/Lunches
Available for groups of 10 or more, prior bookings essential.

There are plenty of seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the garden.

Yes, we love to see children visiting and enjoying our garden under supervision.


Wheelchair Access

Enquiries welcome.

Culverden Court Motels, Main Road, Culverden phone 03 315 8350

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