Efil Doog Garden of Art Eco Park
“Efil Doog” was the life’s work of Shirley and Ernest Cosgrove, who designed both their home and their garden over 11 acres of the Akatarawa Valley about one hour north of Wellington. Over the past 36 years they have hand-planted more than 2,000 rhododendrons, along with countless camellias, azaleas and other flowering plants and trees. They have transplanted numerous stands of flowers, nurtured a pine tree forest, built little bridges over streams on the property – and collected scores of outdoor sculptures and figurines that enhance (and sometimes frighten) the viewer.
From an assortment of strange stone heads with coloured eyes that stare at the passers-by from the forest floor, … this is a place that would have inspired Walt Disney himself.
There is a collection of bonsai as well as flowers, and these are displayed in the Efil Doog Bonsai house next door to the Efil Doog Residence, where on some tours, visitors are invited in for afternoon tea in the Gardens.
The gardens are open for viewing by appointment.
T (04) 568 5824 | A 1995 Akatarawa Road, Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt, Wellington