Gore Public Garden
Located in Gore's town belt, this was Gore's original public garden. The land was set aside in 1874, but not laid out until 1906 by David Tannock, of Dunedin, who was responsible for the Dunedin Botanic Garden.
The garden features many mature trees such as the gigantic Wellingtonia and two horizontal elms. Visitors will find exotic trees and shrubs, including several rare and unusual specimens in the extensive conifer border.
No matter the season, there is always something to see at the gardens.
Spring bulbs are accompanied by camellias, magnolia and enkianthus trees flowering. The peony border is spectacular in November, and in summer the roses provide an impressive display.
In the autumn annuals continue to bloom as the deciduous foliage begins to turn on the maple trees, the enkianthus becomes a bright red, and red berries appear on the Sorbus trees.
Winter features include the witch hazels bearing yellow flowers on bare branches after the yellow autumn foliage drops. And hawthorns (Crataegus) produce red berries through the winter after the white blossom finishes.The conifer border is also a winter attraction.
There is a winter garden open all year and an aviary. With its abundant shelter, the gardens are an ideal venue for events such as the Gore Rhododendron Festival in October.