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The Tea House Wisterias

David Medway

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The accompanying photograph of the former tea rooms also shows part of the fence that was erected around the garden beside the building in 1905, and an outside seating area which was probably created at the same time and is still there today. The old Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’ plants which are growing in and over the seating area probably also date from 1905, in which event they are at least 100 years of age. The history, age and size of these wisterias warrant their inclusion among the notable plants of Pukekura Park.


Reproduced from The Newsletter of the Friends of Pukekura Park 2(2) (October 2007)


Now more than 100 years old, and originally planted beside the former tea rooms which were erected in 1905, Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’ are notable plants of Pukekura Park, New Plymouth. They continue to grow over the seating area adjacent to the tea kiosk in the Park. A photo of the tea rooms and the old wisterias appears between this article and an article about the tea rooms.

Key words:
Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, ladies’ room, tea house, tea kiosk, tea rooms, Recreation Grounds, conveniences, Wisteria.

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