WHAT A GEM. A former orchard is now home to mature fruit trees and spring daffodils. McKendry Reserve, showcases Blenheim’s inspirational use of public land, with extensive plantings of heritage fruit trees open to the public. McKendry Reserve is an old plum orchard bounded by Murphys Creek on one side and by walnut trees on the other three. The orchard has been under-planted with a large collection of daffodils.
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McKendry Park is part of a former commercial orchard in Springlands, Blenheim that is now a public place to visit.
McKendry Reserve takes its name from former Marlborough mayor from 1986-1995. The reserve has extensive plantings of heritage fruit trees including walnuts, quince and plums. The fruit is free to pick provided it is not sold.
The massed daffodils were originally planted by the former commercial orchard owner, Stewart Clouston in the 1930’s. Picking of flowers is prohibited. Look out for ducks from the nearby Murphy’s Creek foraging among the fallen fruit for snacks.
Bounded on the west by Springlands School playground, the reserve is accessible off Coleman’s Road via aptly named Orchard Lane.
The photograph is sourced from Marlborough local government online resource. Check out McKendry Park – Marlborough District Council for details.
McKendry Reserve, Blenheim location
Access from Orchard Lane, Aston Street and Ward Street.
Interested in gardens and parks, scroll through Marlborough gardens and parks to visit for more information. For ideas about Marlborough and visitor experiences a wine tour of award winning Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of military aviation at Omaka or a potter around weekend farmers markets in Blenheim are the ingredients for a brilliant every day holiday in Marlborough.
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