|The Giant's House|
|The mosaic piano, with a mirrored lid to show off the succulents|
planted inside it, plays jazzy music as you wander the gardens
But it is not the house which astonishes the visitor (it is off limits to all but staying guests) it is the spectacular garden filled with vibrant mosaic statues which takes the breath away. The garden and sculptures are the work of well established artist, Josie Martin, who has spent 14 years developing them from scratch. Josie originally bought the house for its size and wall space, which was perfect for displaying paintings, but when she began to dig the garden and discovered broken pieces of old china she decided to use them by trying her hand at mosaics. Pleased with the look of her first mosaic, her front door step, she then went on to "carpet" the conservatory.
|Overview of the terraced garden|
The gardens at 68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa are open from 12pm to 5pm in summer and 2pm to 4pm in winter