Maria and Terry are both South Canterbury blood; priding themselves on being locals having lived here most of their lives.

Between their two daughters, animals and working full time it does not leave much time for their passion…. the Garden. So getting out at any chance they can is a burst of fresh air for them. Maria has had alot of fun in the garden creating unique and wonderful corners to enjoy. They have enjoyed their private oasis and now they want to share their garden with the community.

The name Jakar comes from the first babies of Maria and Terry, Jake and Karma, 2 very loved black lab’s. Their portraits sit proudly at the entrance to the gardens; a sentimental feature that has added an ambiance of love and emotion that surrounds the Gardens.

Originally established in the 1970s and added to with love ever since Jakar Gardens boasts a touch of quirkiness, magic class and beauty.  Maria and Terry are proud to invite you to their little piece of paradise.

"Meticulous!! That was how Maria the owner of these beautiful gardens was described to me and I was soon to discover how true this comment was. As a couple who had long awaited our big day we gave Maria our dreams and plans and she made them into a reality. Maria was beyond helpful and supportive during the planning process and as we got closer to our big day we were sure we were in safe hands and that our day would be exactly what we wished it would be, making the whole process a lot easier. Maria and Terry, thank you for making our day so magical, your gardens are amazing and the love and work you put into them shines through. I can not recommend this venue enough.”


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