Her other love is her garden - Da'Vella has built a stunning Grand Old English Stone House, Art Gallery and Chapel with materials that she salvaged from two old historic Catholic Churches, this is surrounded by three acres of enchanting English Cottage Gardens, ponds, waterfalls and a boutique vineyard.
Da'Vella welcomes visitors and Garden Tours held daily. This offers a peaceful respite for visitors to enjoy her patch of paradise and meet one of Queenstown's most colourful personalities.
Da'Vella has recorded her experiences as a home handy man, failed sheep farmer, and would-be viticulturalist, in a humerous trilogy of books - This Blessed House, This Blessed Life and This Blessed Journey. Da'Vella has also published three topical books of her artwork depicting the North and South Island of New Zealand - Coromandel Collection, Coromandel Selection and Southern Secenic Collection.
Da'Vella is a popular Motivational Guest Speaker for various organisations and is also a Marriage Celebrant.