Public Gardens

The Gore District Council maintains two public gardens in Gore. There are also significant garden areas and native bush at Dolamore Park, which is our outdoor adventure park. 

Gore Public Gardens

Located in Gore's town belt, this was Gore's original public garden. The land was set aside in 1874 but not laid out until 1906 by David Tannock, of Dunedin, the horticulturalist largely responsible for the Dunedin Botanic Garden.Gore public gardens

The present design is based on this historical layout and incorporates many mature trees such as the gigantic Wellingtonia and two horizontal elms. Among the exotic trees and shrubs are a number of rare and unusual specimens including those in the extensive conifer border.

No matter the season, there is always something to see at the gardens. Spring bulbs are accompanied by camellias, magnolia and enkianthus trees flowering; the peony border is spectacular in November and in summer the roses provide an impressive display.

In the autumn annuals continue to bloom as the deciduous foliage begins to turn on the maple trees, the enkianthus becomes a bright red and red berries appear on the sorbus trees. Winter features include the witch hazels that bear yellow flowers on bare branches after the yellow autumn foliage drops. And hawthorns (Crataegus) produce red berries through the winter after the white blossom finishes. The conifer border is also a winter attraction.

There is a winter garden complex open all year and an aviary attracts a lot of interest from locals and visitors alike.

With its abundant shelter, the gardens are an ideal venue for events such as the Gore Rhododendron Festival in October, and the Christmas in the Park concert in December.

Bannerman Park

Bannerman Park was named in 1977 in honour of Mr R B Bannerman, whose foresight helped procure extra land for the park.

Known as the Hidden Valley, the land was set aside in the 1870s but was full of gorse and broom until the 1960s. Grass was sown and the springs drained, there were extensive plantings of rhododendrons, conifers and silver birches and a deer park was created.

The creek beds were developed 20 years later with bog plants, and since then herbaceous perennials have been extensively planted. Today streams meander throughout the valley bordered by sealed pathways.bannerman park

Early spring is announced by the daffodils, meconopsis, camellias, cherry blossom and magnolias. The rhododendron collection includes large beds of R. yunnanense, R. decorum and R. spinuliferum. These were all grown from seed gathered in the wilds of the Yunnan Province, in China.

In November the streams and ponds are lush with gunneras, hostas, irises and candelabra primulas. Native ferns, astelias and Chatham Island forget-me-nots also edge the streams. Peonies, daylilies and ajuga groundcover add to the colour as summer progresses. The deciduous foliage provides brilliant autumn colour from the weeping maples to the oaks, twisty willows and silver birches shading the picnic tables. Then winter brings the hellbores into flower. Most of the plants in the park are named.

A recent addition is the 'daffodil paddock' where specimen Decidious trees are underplanted with donated daffodils, which are able to be picked by the public in spring. The first tree to be planted here in 2009 is a Fraxinus excelsior 'Pendula' (weeping ash), which commemorates the life of Irene McGregor. She was patron of the Gore Garden Club whose members annually donate trees and bulbs to this area.

Below this area is a rhodoendron dell, planted with species of Rhododendron and Acers. In addition there are three specimen Magnolia Campbellii donated by Soroptimist International of Gore.

Dolamore Park

Detailed information about this park is available on our Outdoor Adventure Park page

Information about Gore's gardens is also available at www.gardens.org.nz.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 F: 03 209 0357 E: info@goredc.govt.nz