Ilam Gardens and Homestead


Today I’m featuring the beautiful Ilam Gardens and Homestead which are located right by the Canterbury University (near Homestead Lane). I can’t quite believe, that this was my first visit to the gardens, and I have lived in Christchurch for twenty years. I’m not sure how they escaped my attention for so long. The gardens are full of azaleas and rhododendrons and some very large and beautiful cherry blossom trees.


I would say now is probably a great time to see the gardens – though in a few weeks I suspect the azaleas will be out a little more (though the blossom could be gone)… I think this is probably a garden that excels at spring time, though I’m sure it’s lovely all year round.


As you can see from the photo above there are also parts of the garden that are lush and green with native trees.



So, if like me, you’ve not discovered these wonderful gardens, I highly recommend you get along there for a visit as soon as you can.


To learn more about the gardens and the homestead, visit






  • Mary Gemmill
    4 years ago

    I L O V E your pics- and these are just superb. Loved going on a virtual tour.

  • Ted Asselberghs
    4 years ago

    Wauw Michelle, what a beautiful photo’s!! Thank you.
    Next time I visit N-Z /Christchurch I surely will go there to see this beautiful garden.

  • Robert
    4 years ago

    Wow! That’s quite a place! It seems you’ve found one of the best kept secrets of Christchurch! This reminds me of the azalea and rhododendron gardens I had photographed recently that have been in my area for ages but somehow I had never got around to visiting them, and during peak season, ever since I have lived here. I can only imagine your surprise after you stepped into this wonderful piece of paradise! Beautiful pictures!!

  • 4 years ago

    Lovely color!!!

  • Lynn
    4 years ago

    Stunning gardens!! As we are in the midst of fall here in Wisconsin, US, your photos are a treat and a reminder of how the seasons turn. Thanks Michelle.

  • 4 years ago

    These pictures are superb!

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