The 2017 Auckland Garden DesignFest on 25 and 26 November, is an opportunity to not only explore 20 of Auckland’s best professionally designed residential gardens, but also to meet and gain inspiration from the people who created them.
Each of the designers will be on-site at the gardens, allowing visitors the unique experience of rubbing creative shoulders with some friendly experts. It’s also the first time the gardens, selected by the Garden Design Society of New Zealand, have been opened to the public – with the exception of just one, a special extra offering, back after six years by popular demand.
And you’ll be supporting some great charities. The two-day event, which is jointly organised by the Garden Design Society of New Zealand and Rotary Newmarket will once again benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand, Garden to Table and other children’s charities supported by the Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust. Held every two years, this will be the fourth festival.
The talented designer line-up for this year’s DesignFest includes 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. Newcomers to the event include Paul Gallagher, Jason O’Toole, Keren McDonnell, Kerry Spiers, Zoë Carafice, Nick Robinson, Chris Ballantyne, and Glenys Yeoman.
Auckland Garden DesignFest Joint Chairperson, Rose Thodey, is impressed with this year’s designer line-up: “We always look to have a diverse range of gardens that highlight the benefit of good design talent and showcase different styles and sizes of gardens, and we have truly delivered on that this year.” Tickets for the Auckland Garden DesignFest are available from iTICKET, Kings Plant Barn stores and onsite at the garden gate. Visitors can choose from $65 all garden tickets, $10 single garden access or three gardens for $20. Earlybird ticket offers are available until the end of September. Optional, expert guided bus tours will once again be available.