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.

Upcoming Events

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...
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...
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 gardens across...
A celebration of modern horticulture and design, the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show is coming to The Trusts Arena, Central Drive, Henderson, Auckland. 
Diarise the date for the GDSNZ Christmas Party to be held at the New Zealand Flower & Garden Show. More details to come.

Past Events this year

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...
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. These week-long...
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 Botanical...
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 successful applicants. 7.30pm - Glenys Yeoman's...
The Events Committee are currently organising a trip to visit gardens in the Hawke's Bay scheduled for 2-5 March 2017.     
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 Zealand's leading...
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. Where:...

Events 2016

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 'Capability' Brown...
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, water,...
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...
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...
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...
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 recording her...
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 suitable fruit...
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 for 2016 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. View some...
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 after the...

Events 2015

4pm start with Picnic Box dinner. Ayrlies, 125 Potts Road Whitford.
Auckland Garden DesignFest 14th & 15th November
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 following...
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 need to...
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 presentation.
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...
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 neighbourhood...
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 for 2015 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. View some...
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...

Events 2014

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 local...
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 China. 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 of Californian...
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, 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.
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 Log in to Members Only section to see dates and timetable for rest of year
Dutch Creek Olive Grove and Garden and Brick Bay Sculpture Park, Matakana

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 Ayrlies – the garden belonging to our...

Local annual events

Great Barrier Island Spectacular by Nature Garden Tour November
Heroic Gardens Festival February
Nelmac Garden Marlborough October/November  
Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden Festival November
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 2017, the show will...

Local biennial events

Auckland Garden DesignFest

Overseas annual events

Australian Garden Show September
hidden, Festival of Outdoor Design Sydney 14-15 March 2015
Chelsea Flower Show May
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show July
Philadelphia International Flower Show  March
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show March
Chaumont Garden Festival, France (for 5 1/2 months) - November
Floriade Canberra spring festival September/October

Overseas biennial events

Australian Landscape Conference September
Melbourne Garden Designfest November
Singapore Garden Festival August

Overseas Events once every 10 years

Floriade 2022, World Horticultural Expo, Almere, the Netherlands (for 6 months April-Nov)