New Zealand
The Auckland Garden DesignFest is back again, featuring some of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed gardens. Organised jointly by Rotary Newmarket and the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ), the two-day charity event on 25 and 26 November 2017 provides a rare opportunity to view the work of some of New Zealand’s top garden designers, and to meet the designers themselves.

Auckland Garden DesignFest


The fourth biennial Auckland Garden DesignFest, on 25 and 26 November 2017, will showcase 20 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed gardens.


With only one exception, which is back after a gap of six years by popular demand, these private gardens have not previously been open for public viewing. With each garden highlighting the benefit of good design, visitors will receive a unique opportunity to gain inspiration and learn more about the creative process behind each garden.


The talented designer line-up for this year’s DesignFest includes popular previous participants: Trudy Crerar, Damian Wendelborn, Mark Read, Sue and Colin McLean, Trish Bartleet, Joanna Hamilton, Bryan McDonald, Barbara Garrett, Sally McLeay and Matt McIsaac.


The Auckland Garden DesignFest is also delighted to introduce the following newcomers: Paul Gallagher, Jason O’Toole, Keren McDonnell, Kerry Spiers, Zoë Carafice, Nick Robinson, Chris Ballantyne, and Glenys Yeoman.


The gardens selected for this year’s DesignFest offer an array of styles, shapes and sizes, with budgets to match. Choosing which ones to visit will not be easy but should please the most discerning of palettes.


Popular guided bus tours are once again available to ensure a more relaxed, enjoyable and informative experience.


CLICK HERE for more information and updates on the 2017 Auckland Garden DesignFest, or follow Auckland Garden DesignFest on Facebook or Instagram.

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I visited Auckland Garden DesignFest in November (2013) and came away pleasantly surprised. I have visited the city on and off since the early 90s and seen its garden culture change over the years. Presenting gardens by top Auckland designers, it provides a good cross-section of modern Auckland design, ranging from the very formal to the slightly quirky, much like Auckland’s overall art scene itself, a nice balance between style and fun.
Paul Urquhart - Auckland Garden DesignFest Nov 2013, Garden Drum

The importance accorded to outdoor lifestyles is something immediately apparent in New Zealand’s largest city. The social and personal value attached to gardens is becoming a rising stock. Homeowners are prepared to invest in them as important parts of their lives, rather than simply as assets. Also discernible is a growing trend towards design literacy among the public. (Events like the Auckland Garden DesignFest) have revealed the public appetite for fresh design ideas responding to a city boldly facing the challenges of the future.
Darryl Moore – Garden Design Journal – UK

Tickets are available from iTICKET, Kings Plant Barn New Zealand stores and onsite at the garden gate.

All Garden Tickets valid for the whole weekend: $65*
EARLYBIRD TICKETS $55* before 30 September

Single Garden Tickets:$10*

Three Garden Tickets: $20. Garden gate only.

*Booking fee applies at ITICKET