Artist: Val Tubman, Waihi
Repainted 2005 by Val Tubman
Repainted 2010 by Renee Te Pairi and Val Tubman
Medium: Acrylic on Block Wall
Size: 19 sq m.
Sponsored By: Muraltown Garden Rambles
This mural shows Captain Hugh and his wife, Adela, in the garden which surrounded their home – Athenree. Captain Stewart was the brother of Katikati’s founder, George Vesey Stewart. The couple and their son came to Katikati in 1878 with the second party of settlers and established their home and farm, Athenree. Although renowned for her hospitality, Adela’s chief passion was her garden. In her book, “My Simple Life in Early New Zealand”, she details the plants and seeds she ordered from nurseries in New Zealand and overseas, with others being given by friends and visitors. In the mural – roses, lilies, delphiniums, orange blossom, nasturtiums and even common herbs such as chives – form a frame to the homestead. Some of the trees she planted still surround the old building. The garden and homestead are now being restored by a band of enthusiasts. The garden lovers of Katikati and surrounding districts contributed to the cost of the mural by way of funds raised at the Open Garden in November 1991. The homestead has been lovingly restored to it’s former glory and is open to the public for viewing.