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Hosts: Sue and Eddie Walthert

Address: 7 Rockside Road, Glenleith, Dunedin 9010 - View Google Map

Phone: (03) 467 9080

E-mail: walthert@xtra.co.nz


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‘Welcome to Leithental, a magical place where the little people live’. So begins a series of children’s stories set in a garden in the Leith Valley. Edi has built this 5-acre garden and has over 11 years turned a neglected historic dairy farm and stone quarry into a magical place to wander, imagine and be inspired. His wife Sue has created figures for the garden, writes the stories and decides on the planting schemes.


 Leithental has good bones, set against the rock walls of the old quarry, bordered by the Leith river and includes the first 100 meters of the popular Ross creek walking track. Edi’s Swiss heritage is on display with a Swiss Alp Hut built into the rock wall.  Five years ago Edi turned his back on an IT career to follow his passion for landscaping and has now created Leithental Landscapes, helping others create gardens like Leithental.

The garden is easy to access and has several character areas. These include the Humps and Hollows garden, with year round flowering of Erica, coleonema, hebe and lavender, the new Rockside Pizza garden, the Alp and Rhode bank, the History Dell, the Hennery, Berryerium, the Fairy Wood and the formal gardens at the street front. Historic finds such as old farm gates and an iron sewing machine, mostly found on site, are used to enhance the various spaces. Sheep graze the open paddocks beside the gardens.

This garden is not yet finished so visitors will be able to see how it develops over time. Parking at the street front is plentiful and pathways are easy to negotiate with plenty of seats to rest.

Open: October to April by appointment.

Admission: $3.00, families $5

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