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There's something almost surreal about Efil Doog Garden of Art.  A feeling you have stumbled into a beautiful but bizarre world filled with fantastically whimsical characters.  Crepuscular creatures that you can imagine holding court in the garden after twilight, the sound of their mischief seeping into the clear night air. At dawn they return to their positions throughout the garden, ready to surprise and delight the garden's visitors. The picturesque settings in this large and unique garden of rare and unusual trees and shrubs offer peace and tranquility.  Large leafed rhododendrons that will grow to forest giants.  Hundreds of specie and hybrid rhodos flourish among the river banks and ponds.  Mountain streams, clear ponds, clean fresh air and the joy of bird song.  Butterflies, moths and dragon flies flit over the ponds and plantings.  Rare beauty and floral colour framed by verdant hills. Efil Doog is the home and garden of Ernest and Shirley Cosgrove who in 1976 began establishing the eleven acre garden for young and old.  A garden where surprises never cease.  A garden of interest to the professional plants person, the garden hobbyist and all those who love and admire nature’s abounding beauty. Sculptures Because of the open air location, its size and sculptural focus, it has the benefits of spaciousness of authentic rural landscape and avoids the special constrainst of the urban.  Works displayed outside undergo endless changes of light and shadow and advancing years of the surrounding trees and shrubs continually redetermine their appearance and cast in the landscape.  The excitement of the Efil Doog sculpture collection is the ongoing discourse between nature and the art, the endless changes of light and shadow, and the ingenuity and imagination of the creators – the artists.  There are in excess of fifty stone, metal and wood sculptures at Efil Doog. Art Gallery Nestled in the spacious garden the art gallery hosts a fine collection of early New Zealand original paintings, by important New Zealand artists such as Frances Hodgkins, Charles Goldie, John Steele, Margaret Stoddard, James Nairn, Elizabeth Kelly, Claus Fristram, Isobel Field, Nina Arndt, William Baker, Alfred O'Keefe and many others.  The beauty of the garden, the glory of our rare early New Zealand painters and the imaginative renditions of our polynesian and pakeha sculptors make Efil Doog special. Efil Doog is no longer open to the public for general visits.  But subject to season and our circumstances visits by special interest groups such as gardening, cruise, wedding photography, Probus and Friendship Force may be arranged by appointment.  
Efil Doog is the home and garden of Ernest and Shirley Cosgrove who in 1976 began establishing the eleven acre garden for young and old.  A garden where surprises never cease.

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