Sustainable September - Visit to Dilworth Rural Campus & Botanic Gardens


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 time of the year on the bigger picture of the environment and our responsibility to develop landscapes and gardens that are sustainable as well as beautiful.

We are invited to visit the Dilworth School Rural Campus and hear about Te Haerenga, "the journey", of a school that uses its environment as a teaching resource.

Saturday 30th September
Part 1: 10am for a 10.30am start
Dilworth Rural Campus, Mangatawhiri
500 Lyons Road, Pokeno
Led by Jill & John Rice

Part 2: 12/12.30pm onwards
Auckland Botanical Gardens, Manurewa
Meet at the Visitor's Centre for a tour led by Nicky Gordon, of the Children's Garden designed by Jill Rice and the Edible Garden

Please RSVP your intention to come to Dilworth (for a muffin and coffee) to Val Puxty on

You can join us for one or both events. RSVP required for Part 1 only.
This is a 'self-drive' event. In the interests of sustainability we recommend carpooling

Formerly 'Hotel du Vin' in Mangatawhiri and now a boarding school for 100 year 9 boys from disadvantaged backgrounds and 14 families of the teachers there, Te Haerenga is nestled into a beautiful valley at the foot of the Hunua Ranges. Jill Rice's husband, John, is the head of the campus and Jill has been involved in guiding the transformation of the grounds from well-designed gardens with hedges and mixed borders to spaces that better suit their new purpose as an environment for learning. John will talk to us about the alternative education that makes the most of the environment of the school, Jill will talk us through the history of the school gardens and we will have a guided tour of the grounds.

Following this, we will take a drive through the lovely Hunua Ranges to the Auckland Botanic Gardens on Hill Rd, Manurewa, where Nicky Gordon will meet us at the Visitors Centre for a walk and talk about the sustainable practices and water devices that are part of the sustainable water trail.
This trail will take us through the Potter Children's Garden, of which Jill Rice was the designer and Sue Wake an expert adviser. GDSNZ members will hear how the design intent, to engage children in learning about the environment and sustainability, was implemented in this garden. The trail will continue through the edible garden where more can be learned about sustainable practices that work in our climate.

This promises to be an informative and inspiring tour. Do join us.