Welcome to the Garden Design Society


An update to all:

One of our Life Members, and a kaumatua for garden design in NZ has fallen.

Beverley McConnell

  Ted Smyth passed away on Friday 22nd November, 2019

  A farewell for Ted will be held on Wednesday 27 November at 12 noon,
  All Saints Chapel, Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank. All are welcome to

  In the words of Bill Holden "A Great Kauri has fallen. But his seeds have been
  spread far and wide. Haere ra."




The Garden Design Society aims to inspire its members, and to support them in providing excellent design services for their clients.
It grew out of an informal group of designers, meeting back in the 1990s, seeking to create a professional support network / organisation for garden designers. The group was formalised as the Society by staff and senior students at the Unitec Department of Landscape and Plant Science in 2002.

With a healthy membership base and a vibrant programme of activities each year, the Society is thriving. We have access to a wide range of speakers, field trips, garden visits, master classes and conferences, both here and in Australia.
As the current Chair, I think the Society can feel proud of the calibre of designers who choose to belong to the Society. Our recent rounds have accredited a growing number of younger designers and landscape architects, who find the Society supports them in their practice of garden design. The priorities for my term are to encourage more members to become accredited and to support them in raising the level of professionalism in their practice.

Our fabulous Events Team balance up this professional goal with lots of opportunities for collegiality, fun, and good times for our community of practice. We owe them a huge vote of thanks.

Please get in touch if you would like to join us


Penny Cliffin
Current President - GDSNZ


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HIKOI take another trip to Japan in 2019 with new destinations - Walking the Nakasendo Way through "old" Japan.

WHEN: 28th Sep - 13th Oct 2019

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