It has been an exciting year as we relocated RhodoDirect to West Melton, Christchurch 15 minutes away from the Christchurch airport. Both Stephen and myself are keen gardeners and both have had experience in the horticulture field. I have had experience in growing a range of different flowers commercially, as well as market gardening in both brassicas and berry crops. Stephen was an agronomist and now is the international sales representative for Midland Seeds specialising in vegetable seeds. We have two teenage girls who also share the passion for the outdoors and gardening. Our eldest daughter Samantha is studying at Lincoln University, a degree in agriculture and science. Sarah is currently completing year 13 at high school.
Stephen and I love the challenge of designing new gardens, and choosing plants that suit the climate and soil conditions. We purchased the white borchii truffiere “Tresillian Truffles” property three years ago and have started to landscape the gardens surrounding the house. The truffiere has created an amazing environment for the relocation of the rhododendron nursery with the shade house being protected by the winds by the pine trees, and the oak trees have created a dappled shaded area for the large rhododendrons to grow under.
Stephen and I got married over 20 years ago and had our reception at the Ilam Homestead in Christchurch. We revisited this homestead on our wedding anniversary last year in October, and started reminiscing on the spectacular rhododendron garden it was at the time, and looking at how impressive the rhododenron’s are now. I love rhododendrons as they have such a range of colours and different flower heads to choose from. They can also make a real statement in your garden if you wish. They are a versatile plant that can be even used for hedging!
I am really excited to be your new rhododendron go to person and look forward to discussing rhododendrons with you in the future. As we are a new site, we will take you on the journey of developing the extensive rhododendron display garden, and tips we have learnt along the way.
Happy gardening Lisa and Stephen