Hortensia House is on New Zealand's South Island near Blenheim. The gardener/owner is a Frenchwoman and artist. Her paintings and ceramics were inspired by the many flowers in her garden and by the French Impressionist Claude Monet. Hydrangeas in great variety, roses, fruit trees, and native plants blend together in this elegant garden.
Hortensia House has beautiful open windows accented with periwinkle blue that look out over intensely planted perennial beds to a graceful stream that runs through the property:
This Japanese bridge is inspired by the one at Monet's Giverny garden in France and leads to a small island:
The island has flower beds close to the gazebo--which echoes the house's architecture. Behind the gazebo are open fields:
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