Author(s): Alan Trott
This book is beautifully illustrated throughout with over 180 photographs of the garden and its plants. Alan Trott not only describes his garden and its plants and the way the garden came about, but illustrates both the garden and its plants with his wonderful photography. The original property was a 4-hectare block of bare ground with an old house, horse stables, very little garden, and thirteen trees. A blank canvas that was Alan’s dream. Trotts Garden is a Garden of National Significance. Alan guides you, the reader, through the garden from its very beginning. It is now recognized as one of New Zealand’s finest gardens, and Alan describes his plants as though they were his children.
Alan Trott has written for magazines and newspapers throughout New Zealand and speaks often about his garden, including at the Ellerslie International Flower Show. Trotts Garden in Ashburton is visited by people from around New Zealand and from around the world. It has featured on television, in magazines and books, both within New Zealand and internationally. This is Alan’s first book and his photographs and text together tell the amazing story of Trotts Garden; it’s beginnings, its development and its peaceful, uplifting, and inspiring environs.