GDSNZ members enjoy a stimulating range of events including speakers, both international and local experts in their field, practical workshops and a variety of site visits. An active Events Committee also organises group trips to explore gardens and visit specialist suppliers of plants, landscaping materials, garden art and sculpture in other parts of the country. Group visits to conferences and garden events both here and abroad are encouraged and supported. All of these activities provide plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas and keep in touch with the latest developments in the industry.
We welcome non-members to our evening talks held during the winter months for a nominal charge of $10. Wine and nibbles are provided with an extra small charge for drinks.
29th Nov - 3 December
The Greatest Show in Earth - the New Zealand Flower & Garden
Show is back on the international garden and floral design
stage, after a nine-year hiatus. For...
The amazing Australian Landscape Conference (ALC) is back in
Melbourne in March 2018. The Garden Design Society of NZ
have always supported the event with a large contingent of
our members trekking across...
CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN JAPAN
31 March - 14 April, 2018
Join Penny and Ian of HIKOI Garden Tours for a 2-week tour
of Japan during the Sakura cherry blossom festival. The many
wonderful gardens of...
26 April – 25 May
FRANCE / UK TRIP
Have you always wanted to go to the fabulous chateaux
gardens of the Loire Valley? Take the opportunity to gain
inspiration for your design practice...
Past Events this year
Diarise the date for the GDSNZ Christmas Party to be held at
the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show. More details to come.
A celebration of modern horticulture and design, the New
Zealand Flower and Garden Show is coming to The Trusts
Arena, Central Drive, Henderson, Auckland.
The Auckland Garden DesignFest is back again, featuring some
of Auckland’s best professionally designed gardens.
This unique weekend festival, November 25-26, allows
visitors to meet the designers and visit up to 20 private
A visit to our very own GDSNZ Member Liz Morrows garden
‘Omaio’ and also an opportunity to visit recently opened
vineyard and sculpture garden ‘Sculptureum’ created by
Anthony and Sandra Grant.
Put the date...
Congratulations to Natasha Iyer, Zoe Carafice and James
Walkinshaw in their successful applications to become
accredited members of the GDSNZ!
All three candidates are from Xanthe White Design. The Board
were impressed with the...
TUESDAY 10th October - 7:30pm
For the first time ever, we are hosting an 'early'
information evening about Accreditation. The GDSNZ
accreditation process typically starts in March and ends
with board interviews in August...
*It's 'Sustainable September'...*
...and we've got the perfect day planned for you to make the
most of it!
Introduced by the GDSNZ committee last year, the idea is to
bring a focus at this...
We're so lucky! The wonderful people at Hachette NZ along
with Phaidon Press, have very kindly arranged for the
fantastic Aaron Bertelsen, to come especially to Unitec and
give a talk to our GDSNZ members during...
For over 5000 years concrete has been used as a building
material. From the utilitarian to the highly ornate, formed
concrete has played a significant role in the infrastructure
and architecture of New...
Those of you who came along last year will know what a
fabulous night this is. It's a fantastic format which keeps
presentations concise and fast-paced but gave us wonderful
insights into some...
Join us for our AGM followed by a slide show and talk about
Ted Smyth's work, the subject of a book written by Rod
Barnett and Jacqueline Margetts.
New people are needed to...
With immense pride the GDSNZ welcomed Ted Smyth to be our
latest Life Member. He will join Gil Hanly and Michael Jones
in this special position. We couldn't think of a more
Although not an event organised by the Garden Society, some
of our members may be interested in attending one or more
Creative Matakana workshops to be held on 8-12 May 2017.
Local artist, Sally Tagg, creates intricate botanical
artworks using collected plant materials as a starting point
to create symmetrical circular forms that transform into
kaleidoscopic images. Her work has featured at the Sydney
The Garden Design Society extends an invitation to join us
on Monday, 3rd April when we visit the Tree Church Garden
and Moondance Garden on the outskirts of Hamilton. In
between each garden...
Considering becoming accredited in 2017? Come along to an
informal gathering to discuss what it takes to become an
accredited member for 2017 and view portfolios of previously
7.30pm - Glenys Yeoman's...
It is with sadness that we heard that Paul Cullen died on
Monday evening (13 March). Paul served on the GDSNZ
Accreditation Board as the required practitioner from
another discipline from 2006 to...
The Events Committee are currently organising a trip to
visit gardens in the Hawke's Bay scheduled for 2-5 March
Join us at Gil's garden for some photographic inspiration.
Gil has photographed many gardens and has been published in
many books over the years. She has also been one of New
Join us to hear an informal talk by renowned landscape
designer, Anthony Paul. Anthony has been a landscape
designer for more than 30 years and is renowned for his
innovative and contemporary gardens.
It is with great pleasure that we announce renowned
horticulturalist and conservationist, Terry Hatch, has been
awarded an Officer of the NZ Order for his services to
horticulture. Terry is highly esteemed for...
Review: Christmas Party at Sal Gordon's beautiful garden
along with neighbouring Cheshire and Gunn gardens at 5 Winn
Road, Ponsonby on 3 December 2016
The 2016 GDSNZ Christmas party held on Saturday afternoon...
Members are offered the chance to spend the day visiting a
number of our most impressive gardens, along with Bernard
Trainor, on Waiheke Island. The designers behind the
gardens, including Ted Smyth, will...
Members are offered the chance to have a more intimate
encounter with Bernard through his masterclass/workshop.
This will be a full day held at UNITEC. This is free for
accredited GDSNZ members, $150...
Join us from 6.30pm on Tuesday, 22 November for drinks
before award winning American Landscape Architect, Bernard
Trainor takes us on a design journey and delivers an
illustrated lecture at 7:30pm. This will...
Join us for a presentation by Michael Jones, former Unitec
lecturer in the History of Garden Design, as he returns a
final time to one of his favourite garden makers, Lancelot
Murray is Education and Advocacy Manager at Tearfund, an
international development NGO, and Chair of A Rocha, a
conservation network. He will be highlighting key
environmental issues that intersect with our work (soil,
Fellow Member, landscape designer Xanthe White goes beneath
the surface to reveal the secrets to successful gardening in
her new book The Good Dirt. This book is all about the soil
we find in...
Treats and trends from the gardens of France and Italy.
Renee Davies will present a delectable array of imagery from
historic and contemporary gardens and public spaces that she
visited while traveling from...
Landscaping work begins this week on re-establishing the
Fukuoka Friendship Garden at Western Springs Lakeside Park.
The garden replaces the original Fukuoka Friendship Garden
built in Auckland Zoo in 1989 as an inaugural...
The informative Russell Fransham will be educating and
entertaining us with his talk on Edible Subtropicals on
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 7pm (drinks and nibbles) for a
7.30pm start. Held in Lecture...
Our congratulations to accredited member, Bill Holden Design
& Landscape Ltd on winning 'Urban Paving' Best Construction
of the Year as well as three Golds for Landscape Design,
Landscape Construction and Landscape Horticulture...
Well known Auckland Sculptor, David McCracken welcomes
members of the NZ Garden Design Society to visit his studio
at Corban Arts Estate, Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson on
Saturday, 30th July 2016 at 10.30am....
Pechakucha Night - 8 designers (all accredited members) with
each speaking to 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide. Venue:
Eden Community Church Lounge, 72 View Road, Mt Eden. Time:
7.30pm drinks and...
A warm welcome to Margaret Phillips, our newly Accredited
Member for 2016. The Accreditation Board commends you on
your successful submission of your portfolio and the high
calibre of the work shown. Congratulations...
There was much to celebrate at our AGM this year held at
Unitec on 8 June 2016. Not only did we take pleasure in
formally presenting Xanthe White with a certificate
At the last AGM, the GDSNZ had the pleasure of formally
presenting Xanthe White with a certificate recording her
status as our second Distinguished Fellow Member. Over the
years, Xanthe has been a...
Join Nicky Reynolds for a fruit tree workshop at the
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa on Monday,
9th May 2016 at 12.45 - 3pm. Nicky will be speaking on
Review: Fern Glen Native Plant Garden and Birkenhead Point
Organic Garden Visits - 29 April 2016
On a clear sunny day at the end of April, members met at
Fern Glen Native Plant...
Information meeting and presentation of application packs
7.30pm; Department of Landscape Architecture, Room 1041 Meet
with other accredited members. Receive an Application Pack
with detailed requirements for the 2016 Accreditation round.
Due to overwhelming demand, Tutor, Alex Bartleet will be
running a second workshop to assist participants to set up
an online presence for their business. The workshop will
start with a 30-45 min...
Tutor, Alex Bartleet will be assisting participants to set
up an online presence for their business. The workshop will
start with a 30-45 min lecture, 15 mins for questions
followed by a 1...
Review: Christchurch Trip, 3-6 March 2016
After months of planning, a group of 23 Garden Design
Society Members gathered in Christchurch. The weather was a
beautiful crisp Canterbury weekend - extremely refreshing
The recipient of the GDSNZ Award for excellence in garden
design in 2015 is Murray Reid, who had his own garden in the
recent DesignFest. Lecturers describe him as "an excellent
4pm start with Picnic Box dinner. Ayrlies, 125 Potts Road
Auckland Garden DesignFest 14th & 15th November.
A Huge Success.
We've ticked off another outstanding AGDF, thanks to our
talented designers, their incredibly generous owners and our
fabulous supporters and volunteers - especially our...
This is a five year old garden in a rural setting in
Clevedon that comes highly recommended as an example of the
wonderful progress that can be achieved in a short timeframe
Australian Landscaping Conference. September 18th & 19th.
Melbourne. Discounts available for financial members of The
Garden Design Society of New Zealand.
7pm for 7.30pm. Nicola works for Everris. She is extremely
passionate about educating gardeners on how, when and why to
fertilize gardens. She will be speaking to us about what we
7pm for 7.30pm. Bryan McDonald has a lengthy history in the
evolution of NZ Landscape Design and will take us through
four decades of his evolution and designs with a visual
The Accreditation Board was impressed with the high calibre
of both of the portfolios submitted by our successful
candidates for 2015 - Renée Davies and Nick Robinson.
Congratulations on this professional affirmation of...
10am - 12pm Pruning workshop with Sue Roff. Sue is a
Registered Landscape Architect and Arborist. she will be
demonstrating pruning techniques.
AGM & interview/presentation with renowned garden
photographer Gil Hanly, Lecture Theatre 1, School of
Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UNITEC NZ,
Carrington Road, Mt Albert. The AGM at 7pm is for GDSNZ
members only but...
We are privileged to welcome photographer extraordinaire,
Gil Hanly as a Life Member of the Society. A familiar figure
around Auckland, Gil has been quietly documenting gardens
and garden shows, as well as...
Conducted Walk of Buckley Neighbourhood, Hobsonville Point
The Society was privileged to have one of Isthmus
Group’s senior landscape architects, Haylea Muir, conduct
us over some of their installed work in the first
Wednesday 29 April 2015. - 7.00pm drinks and nibbles for
a 7.30pm start. Where: Lecture Theatre 1, School of
Architecture and Landscape Architecture UNITEC NZ,
Carrington Road, Mt Albert.
Talk by Russell Fransham, of...
Information meeting and presentation of application packs
7.30pm; Department of Landscape Architecture, Room 1041 Meet
with other accredited members. Receive an application Pack
with detailed requirements for the 2015 Accreditation round.
TAUPO WEEKEND 19/20/21/22 March 2015 Nineteen members
enjoyed this long weekend in Taupo, plus two extras on the
first day visiting a tranquil garden on the banks of the
Waikato River designed by...
Members enjoyed a fascinating visit to see the Garden to
Table scheme in action at East Tamaki Primary School in
February. After an introduction about the programme by Jiuan
Kok, we met a group...
Ben Taylor from Reset Urban Design led a group of
enthusiastic party-goers on a leisurely walk along the
beautiful Milford to Takapuna walkway, visiting 3
award-winning pocket parks on the way. Incorporating useful
Dianne Bellamy did a stellar job of organising our trip to
the Melbourne Garden DesignFest this year. We had a larger
group than usual, 20 altogether including 7 Australians (8
on one day)...
Ian Henderson, Lecturer in the Department of Landscape
Architecture, Unitec, gave a fascinating talk about
visiting the Scholar Gardens of Suzhou on a recent trip to
Suzhou is the most significant city for...
Dick Turner is the past editor of California's Pacific
Horticulture magazine and some of us were lucky enough to
have him as our guide on one of Jo Connor's memorable tours
Launch of next years Garden DesignFest to be held in
Auckland 14th & 15th November 2015.
Members were treated to frank and informative talks by Jan
Hart and Bryan McDonald, both outstanding garden...
Xanthe talked about her experiences last year at the
prestigious Gardening World Cup held annually in a replica
Dutch town near Nagasaki, Japan. Her atmospheric, lushly
planted garden 'Arcadia' (pictured) was awarded a...
Some of the National Committee enjoyed catching up with our
wonderful Patron, Bev McConnell, over lunch on a rainy
afternoon in June.
Following the AGM on 18 June starting at 7pm, our
distinguished Fellow, Trish Bartleet, presented a
fascinating overview of 4 distinctly different projects,
generously sharing the challenges encountered and how she
overcame them to achieve fresh, remarkable outcomes in
each case. www.trishbartleet.com
Clevedon outing – sculpture at Ashford Lodge plus James
Wright talking about his work at Art Industry
Penny Cliffin led a guided walk of Unitec's Arboretum. This
includes over 200 different species catalogued & more than
100 labeled with relevant information.
Introduction to Accreditation Evening – Unitec
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for rest of year
Dutch Creek Olive Grove and Garden and Brick Bay Sculpture
Past Events 2013 and beyond
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Permanent Events of Interest
NZ Gardens Trust - gardens open to the public that have
been assessed and graded so that you can make an informed
decision on which ones to visit www.gardens.org.nz Ayrlies
– the garden belonging to our...
Local annual events
Great Barrier Island Spectacular by Nature Garden
Tour www.thebarrier.co.nz/sbn/gardentour.htm November
Heroic Gardens Festival www.heroicgardens.org.nz February
Nelmac Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz
Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden
Festival www.rhodo.co.nz November
Local biennial events
Auckland Garden DesignFest www.gardendesignfest.co.nz
Overseas annual events
hidden, Festival of Outdoor Design Sydney 14-15 March 2015
Chelsea Flower Show www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events May
Hampton Court Palace Flower
Show www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events July
Philadelphia International Flower
Show www.theflowershow.com March
Melbourne International Flower and Garden
Show www.melbflowershow.com.au March
Chaumont Garden Festival, France (for 5 1/2 months)
Floriade Canberra spring
festival www.floriadeaustralia.com September/October
Overseas biennial events
Designfest www.gardendesignfest.com.au November
Festival www.singaporegardenfestival.com August
Overseas Events once every 10 years
Floriade 2022, World Horticultural Expo, Almere, the
Netherlands (for 6 months April-Nov)