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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 livestream as many of our events as we can so members distanced by geography or illness can still participate.

We welcome non-members to our evening talks held during the winter months and a lot of our events for a $25 fee. Wine and nibbles are often provided with an extra small charge for drinks. Tickets and information is available on the individual event listings below. Please join us!

  • International Guest Speaker: Michael McCoy
    Wed, Apr 26
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    We're soooo excited to announce that Michael McCoy aka The Gardenist and organiser of the High Horticulture Online Symposiums we have so enjoyed, is coming to New Zealand in April 2023 and will be giving us a one-off illustrated lecture.
The Business of Garden Design

Video / The Business of Garden Design

Watch a live replay recording of the event

This is a very special lecture with lots of confidential information and honesty being shared, so to protect and respect the presenters, the lecture is only available to GDSNZ financial members and Unitec/Wintec Students only.


Paid Members

(Student, Full & Accredited Members)


Wintec & Unitec Students

(not available for non Students)

  • Accreditation Information Evening
    Tue, Mar 21
    Glenys Yeoman's home
    Mar 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Glenys Yeoman's home, 18B Aberfoyle Street, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    GDSNZ members are invited to attend an informal information evening about the Professional Accreditation process offered by GDSNZ for 2023.
  • Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands Plant Fair
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 18
    Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands
    Mar 18, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands, 125 Potts Road, Whitford 2571, New Zealand
    The annual Ayrlies Plant Fair is back this week. It's not our event but it's a wonderful opportunity to visit this outstanding garden and purchase some special, rare and unusual plants.
  • GDSNZ | Xmas Party 2022 @ Dawson & Co
    Fri, Nov 25
    Dawson & Co showrooms
    Nov 25, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Dawson & Co showrooms, 115 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    What better way to spend the eve of the Auckland Garden DesignFest than with your fellow GDSNZ members and lovers of all things garden design celebrating the year we've had and the weekend to come.
  • Matakana & Point Wells: 3 Gardens in 1 Day
    Sun, Nov 06
    Locations will be sent to ticket holders
    Nov 06, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Locations will be sent to ticket holders
    A day of garden visits and a yummy lunch. Various locations in Matakana & Point Wells, Rodney District.
  • Andy Hamilton: A Lecture
    Wed, Oct 05
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Oct 05, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 6.30PM Start / 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    A discussion on naturalistic planting design A lecture by Andy Hamilton, illustrated with 10 gardens from New Zealand, Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • The Business of Garden Design
    Wed, Sep 14
    Eden Community Church/ Livestream Online
    Sep 14, 2022, 6:00 PM – Sep 15, 2022, 7:30 PM
    Eden Community Church/ Livestream Online, 6.30PM Start / 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 10