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Art & Heritage

Broadgreen Historic Home – Places to Visit in Nelson

Nelson’s heritage Broadgreen is a striking example of Victorian era architecture and objects. The grounds house the notable Samuel Rose Garden.

Broadgreen Historic House



  • Cob construction (wattle and daub) is unusual for a wealthy Victorian merchant; the house has survived due to its Welsh slate roof and timber floors.
  • Fully furnished 11 rooms with an extensive collection of Victorian domestic objects showcasing the life of a well off English settler
  • Exquisitely patterned original wallpaper from 1878 Paris World Fair
  • Gasolier chandelier in working order
  • Significant textile and clothing collection with one of New Zealand’s oldest quilts, made in Ireland in 1776
  • Superb rose garden with an extensive collection of over 3,000 plants 


Home of Edmund Buxton and his family. Similar to Isel House and Garden the grounds were originally much larger, over 100 acres. The exotic trees are now a woodland with an ornamental pond gracing the front entrance to the house.


Outstanding collection of heritage roses in Samuels Rose Garden. There is an annual Among the Roses event where the community enjoys music, performances, markets and free guided tours of the house and garden. The Rose Walk is a fantastic way to discover some gems amongst this wonderful collection.


Samuels Rose Garden, established 1968 has 560 named varieties. The rose garden is a homage to the desire of English settlers to reproduce the gardens they had left behind.  The gardens are named after Mr S J Samuels, a rose nurseryman, who donated both the rose stock and bud wood and undertook the budding assisted by his wife. 


Over the years the Nelson Rose Society has added new cultivars to the collection, and Council continues to upgrade the rose stock as part of its continued management of this asset. A catalogue listing current plantings of rose varieties in the garden can be purchased at a small cost at Broadgreen Historic House. 

Broadgreen Rose Garden in Nelson New Zealand
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Visitors to the house are given an introductory talk and optional tour. Check Broadgreen House, Nelson for opening hours and latest admission fee information.




Broadgreen Historic House is on the Nelson public bus network. Check online resource for details Replacing the current loop service, eBus OnDemand Stoke allows people to order a bus via a dedicated app or by calling 03 546 0200.

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