Leading nz garden designers showcase work in November

Leading nz garden designers showcase work in November

Monday, September 30, 2013

Twenty-five private gardens designed by some of the country’s top designers will be showcased in a two-day festival in Auckland this November.

The second Auckland Garden DesignFest being held on November 16 and 17 is a chance for gardeners, landscapers, designers and the general public to visit a range of beautifully designed gardens across Auckland and speak to the designers who conceived them.

The two-yearly festival was inspired by Melbourne’s renowned Rotary Garden DesignFest and is held in alternate years so gardening and design enthusiasts have the opportunity to go to festivals in both cities.

The Auckland Garden DesignFest is the brainchild of the Garden Design Society of NZ and the Rotary Club of Newmarket as a fundraiser for children’s charities and to showcase designers’ work.

“The festival is a unique opportunity to visit gardens that are not usually open to the public and see just what a difference good garden design and installation can make to a property,” says the event’s Joint Chairperson, Rose Thodey.

“With such a wide range of gardens, in terms of both size and type, you are bound to come away with some great ideas and fresh inspiration.”

The inaugural 2011 festival attracted more than 1000 visitors including many from other parts of New Zealand including the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Christchurch.

“Attendance was excellent, particularly as the festival was organised at short notice. But this year we are expecting considerably more visitors.”

As in 2011, the Fest will include daily bus tours which will visit a carefully selected range of gardens catering for a wide range of interests. The tours will begin and finish at Auckland’s historic home, Highwic, in Newmarket.

Numbers are limited for these tours which will include lunch and refreshments as well as a tour of Highwic’s heritage garden which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

“These popular tours are expected to fill up quickly, so it will pay to book your seat well in advance.”

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at iTICKET and will be available at Palmers Gardenworld and Palmers Planet Stores throughout Auckland from mid-September. They can also be bought at the gardens on the tour days. Visitors can buy $50 All Garden Tickets or single garden tickets for $5 each.

Charities benefitting this year are Ronald McDonald House, KidsCan and Garden to Table.

For updates about the Auckland Garden DesignFest visit www.gardendesignfest.co.nz.