Council & City

Esplanade lath upgrade

In autumn 2020, we are rebuilding the lath house at the Esplanade. This is the timber structure that forms the entrance to the Peter Black conservatory. It is home to some of our exotic species that enjoy cold climates.

The current building is rundown. At more than 30 years old, it no longer meets modern standards, but it is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.

When we upgrade the building we’re also going to modify and extend it to include a bonsai house. 

We’re working with the Manawatū Bonsai Club and Council horticultural staff to determine what that would look like.

Photo shows bonsai tree in a pot.

Council has a bonsai collection in storage at our nursery,  donated by the family of the late John Birch.

Design for the new building is underway and construction is planned for autumn, to ensure people can still enjoy the Esplanade in summer.

We look forward adding to the wonderful botanical displays in the Esplanade.