YardArt began in 2004, at the old Dairy Company site situated on Crown Road, Paerata. Each year has seen the business grow with new products and display areas opening.
Some of the bigger items the team have added to their range over the years included HotSpring Spas in 2006.
“We are the agents, suppliers and technicians for HotSpring in the Counties area. Many people buy them on a whim and are disappointed later. A spa is a big purchase for most families and we love delivering a good quality spa that we know will give years of efficient service at minimal running costs and maintenance. I am happy to help people as they work through what makes a good spa before they part with that hard earned dollar,” says Tricia.
The team also purchased the business, Phoenix Italia, a manufacturer of crushed marble statuary that was originally based in Drury. It was moved to their premises where the range is now manufactured and despatched from.
As well as that, the business has a range of paving, garden edging, mulches and rocks.
A contemporary range of statues and sculptures can also be found and wall art plus beautiful giftware on the walls of the main showroom.
“Some find the railway line a real barrier. They pass the turn off on the way to Auckland or on the way home before they think to slow down and come visit. If we could ask anything it’s to stop and cross that line, as it will take you to YardArt and I promise you will be amazed,’ says Tricia.
The team have a few great things on this spring that will be especially well worth the stop and are currently gearing up for their birthday celebrations that will take place in November.
This year, the team will open their brand new Sculpture Walk area, making use of what was a grassy hill behind their main showroom.
“It was part of our original dream when we first visited the site but this is our first opportunity to make it a reality, as we had a few bridges to cross during our time here.”
Once work started, the team were soon approached by local artists who asked to display and sell their work.
“We now have around 45 different artists from all over New Zealand whose work we display, which is also for sale. This gives us a huge range of artwork that can be further individualised. How many times have we seen something but it was too small, too big, wrong colour… or have an idea that you need someone to create? Many times we put a customer and an artist together and the general public never see the creations that result,”
The Sculpture Walk will be opening on November 1, which will be the first time the public will be able to wander around almost a quarter acre which will be showcasing different garden art and themes.
This will coincide with their birthday celebrations, which sees local schools take part in a sculpture making competition that is based on nature and sustainability.
This year the children have made Creature Features, and the best will be displayed during their birthday celebrations throughout November.