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Gardens & Parks

Washbourn Garden, Richmond, Nelson – Places to Visit

Discover a quiet corner of Richmond Nelson after your visit to the Richmond Westfield Shopping Mall. Washbourn Gardens are a treasure of fuchsias, begonias, ferns and orchids. Washbourn promises a lush blaze of colour from early spring to autumn. You know you must visit when the place is a popular venue for wedding photographers.


Photography hot spot, Washbourn Gardens, Richmond, Nelson



  • Dripping with colour fuchsias are spectacular reds, oranges and yellows throughout the summer (built by Richmond Borough Council 1987)
  • The Fernery where green is showcased in every shade known. (Friends of Washbourne Garden)
  • Begonia House (Rotary project) with over 200 potted plants thriving in the damp warm hot house (managed by Ian Thorne Memorial Begonia Trust)
  • Currie Gazebo is a picture perfect place for brides and celebration photographs (Friends of Washbourn Garden)
  • Winter is when the orchids are in full bloom (many donated by Mr Harvey)


See what the help of friends and volunteers can do.

Washbourn Garden beautiful gazebo in Nelson Richmond New Zealand
Washbourn Garden Beautiful Gazebo - Instagram @marg.palmer
Washbourn Garden Blossoms in Nelson Richmond New Zealand instagram photo
Washbourn Garden Blossoms - Instagram

The community groups have provided the Nelson community of Richmond with an outstanding local public garden space.


Located just off Oxford Street in Richmond is a quiet place to relax after the rigours of shopping on Richmond’s main street or visiting the local Westfield Richmond Mall.


Nearby is the outstanding Victorian Isel House and Garden (open to the public during the summer months).


Isel House & Garden has a very popular twilight market in summer.

Washbourn Gardens allow dogs on leash, picnic areas, toilets and historic buildings (Old Richmond Jail)

Dogs allowed at Washbourn Gardens in Nelson Richmond New Zealand
Dogs allowed at Washbourn Gardens - Instagram @nicquikurzeja

Washbourne Garden Nelson Location

Church hill garden and christ church cathedral in nelson new zealand
Church Hill Garden

For visitors interested in gardens & heritage trails in Nelson:  



Three Gardens heritage walk through history (Nelson city)

Nelson city botanical hill to centre of NZ (Nelson city)

Historic cemeteries (Nelson city)

Queens Garden (Nelson city)

Fairfield Garden (Nelson city)

Church Hill Garden (Nelson city)

Isel House & Garden (Nelson, Richmond)

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