Leading garden designers to showcase work in November Festival

Up to 25 gardens designed by some of the country’s top designers will be showcased in the two-day Auckland Garden Design Fest on November 16 and 17, 2013.

The two-yearly Fest, which began in 2011 and was inspired by Melbourne’s renowned Rotary Garden DesignFest, is organised by Garden Design Society of NZ and the Rotary Club of Newmarket.

Sneak Preview garden by Gudrun Fischer, Remuera

Sneak Preview garden by Gudrun Fischer, Remuera

It is a chance for gardeners, landscapers, designers and the public to visit a range of beautifully designed gardens across Auckland and speak to their designers while also helping to raise funds for the children’s charities Ronald McDonald House, KidsCan and Garden to Table.

“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 Society 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 Fest includes daily bus tours for limited numbers which begin and finish at Auckland’s historic home, Highwic, in Newmarket and will visit a carefully selected range of gardens catering for a wide range of interests.

Sneak preview - Garden by Sue McLean

Sneak preview – Garden by Sue McLean

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

Festival tickets go on sale at iTICKET and selected retail outlets from August 5 and can be also be bought at the gardens on the tour days. Visitors can buy $50 All Garden Tickets or single garden tickets for $5 each.

For updates about the Auckland Garden Design Fest visit or visit for information about the Melbourne event.



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