9 – 19 Nun Street

Susan and Ian invite you to visit their garden at 19 Nun Street


This year has been a struggle. The awkward weather of the past winter has led to a slow start. An ancient apple tree needed removing – rotten to the core, and some plants and shrubs have seriously struggled, as have the gardeners. We have continued to shape the garden with what survives, and have adapted and changed.

19 Nun Street, formerly 3 Cathedral Terrace, has been Sue’s “family home” for nearly 70 years. There remains, in the garden, from times past, what is believed to have been a single room Cobbler’s Cottage. Following renovation and recent use as a tool shed, is now a study. Some planting from the 1970’s is still just discernible.

Aerial photo of 19 Nun Street in the 1970s with Sue’s stepfather Toby in the garden.

In recent years, refurbishment of the cottage took place, which had a great impact upon the garden, so almost a blank sheet was presented on our retirement 5 years ago

An early spring start, waiting for improved temperatures.

Our neighbours have kindly permitted us to share their wisteria which climbs up a dead ceanothus over the springtime garden. The scent is wonderful. We keep the ceanothus for the birds to perch on.

Where the bluebells, crocuses etc come up, we leave them, and mow later. The insects are given a chance, but ant hills are not welcomed.

We get some early spring colour which the bees enjoy, if we plant up pots.

There are steps, slopes, paths, trip hazards – including those presented by flower pots, and various flower beds; so visitors will need to be cautious and mindful for their safety. Maybe staying on the patio, sitting a while, and looking from the garden, over the Cathedral to the hills and coast beyond, will be sufficient, particularly if you are a buggy or wheelchair user.

Come, if you want to enjoy the Garden.

We will be open on Saturday only and hopefully will have refreshments of some sort appropriate for the weather.