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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 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.

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EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
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PAST EVENTS AND NEWS
 
  • Webinar - James Basson, Planting Design with Maintenance in Mind
    Sep 07, 7:30 PM GMT+12
    Webinar
    For the first time ever GDSNZ will be hosting a purely online event, so wherever you are in New Zealand (or the world), you will be able to join us. James Basson - lead designer of Scape Design will be coming to us LIVE via zoom webinar from London, where he is currently based.
  • Rachel Carley Workshop
    Fri, Aug 06
    Auckland
    Aug 06, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Auckland, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    "Developing your own story of creative practice (to promote and position yourselves within the Landscape community of practice)."
  • Pechakucha Night + Live Stream
    Tue, Jul 27
    Eden Community Church
    Jul 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Eden Community Church, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Our famous Pechakucha night is back! Like speed dating but with designers! We will hear from 8 of our accredited members and they will speak to 20 slides for 8 seconds each... so interesting and entertaining.
  • GDSNZ Coromandel Garden Trip April 2021 - Registrations Closed
    Tue, Jun 29
    Garden Design Society New Zealand
    Jun 29, 7:00 PM
    Garden Design Society New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
    Our fabulous events team have been at it again and have a wonderful AWAY trip planned for us. Please 'save the date' and 'let us know if you're interested in joining us'.
  • Announcement of Fellows
    Wed, Jun 23
    Eden Community Church, Auckland
    Jun 23, 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
    Eden Community Church, Auckland, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Three current members of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand have been chosen to join the elite! Fellow is the highest award of recognition by the society and we will be announcing THREE new Fellows.
  • GDSNZ AGM 2021
    GDSNZ AGM 2021
    Wed, Jun 23
    Eden Community Church
    Jun 23, 7:00 PM – 9:20 PM
    Eden Community Church, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    The 2021 AGM will wrap up the year that has been for GDSNZ. We will break for drinks and nibbles then sit back and find out WHO our three new FELLOWS are... citations will be read, digital images will be showed and certificates presented. Do join us for this special celebration!
  • Ōrākei Ethnobotanic Garden - A Guided Tour
    Sat, Mar 27
    Garden Design Society New Zealand
    Mar 27, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Garden Design Society New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
    Join Rob Small ((Ngāpuhi) for a guided tour of the Ōrākei Ethnobotanic Garden he has helped create in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, on their land at Pourewa Reserve, East Auckland.
  • Carl Pickens Lecture: Urban Agriculture
    Thu, Feb 25
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Feb 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    How can the incorporation of urban agriculture in New Zealand’s urban design and planning contribute to a more sustainable future? FREE for GDS members, $10 for non-members.
  • Dawson & Co Lunch
    Thu, Dec 03
    115 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland
    Dec 03, 2020, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    115 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland, 115 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Dawson & Co would like to invite you to view the 2020 outdoor collection from DEDON, Tribu and Cove Outdoor. Take in the latest international designs from some of the world's leading outdoor furniture makers with a light lunch and refreshments.
  • Fernando Caruncho Garden Visit, St Heliers, Auckland
    Thu, Dec 03
    This is a GDS financial members only event
    Dec 03, 2020, 10:30 AM
    This is a GDS financial members only event
    FULLY BOOKED Fernando Caruncho is an International Landscape designer and philosopher. Famous for his minimalist gardens. Caruncho has designed a garden in St Heliers, Auckland and GDSNZ have been granted a very special opportunity to visit.
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GDSNZ XMAS PARTY AT AUCKLAND ZOO
2pm, 28th November at Auckland Zoo
 

We're all going to the zoo! 

That's right! Our 2020 Xmas party is going to be at Auckland Zoo on Saturday 28th November, 2020.

2pm - 4pm
Meet at the South East Asia Jungle track. Guided tour/talk of the newly opened primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs by Jon Palby, Lead Designer of the Sculptural Interpretations featured in the new South East Asia Precinct. We then hope to walk through parts of Ta Wao Nui (time permitting).

4 - 5.30pm Afternoon tea including tea and coffee in the Elephant House Cafe and outdoor area

Cost: $10 GDS members, $25 non-members (includes tour/talk and nibbles), $10 children under 15 years. Drinks available at your own expense.

Zoo entry: $24 adults (15 years +), $19 Seniors/Students (with ID), $13 children (5 - 14 years)

Everybody pays their own zoo entry
and arrives whenever they want in time to have a wander around the zoo, see the animals or areas they want to, then meet the group at 2pm. The afternoon tea has been subsidised by GDS and drinks will be available to purchase.

RSVP by Thursday 19th November to Val Puxty: puxty@xtra.co.nz.


Payment for afternoon tea asap to VM Puxty 38-9008-0818502-06

Suggested itinerary for whoever arrives early... Lunch at Te Puna Cafe or Lookout cafe or bring picnic. Visit the areas of the zoo that we won't be walking through (eg African Safari, parts of Te Wao Nui). 2pm meet at the South East Asia Jungle Track entrance.

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Jon Parlby - Bio

 

Jon is an Auckland based Designer, originally from the South West of England. He is a multidisciplinary designer having worked across a broad range of design fields. He draws inspiration from contemporary architecture and aims to push the boundaries of material capabilities. Jon led the design of the Sculptural Interps that are featured in the new South East Asia Precinct at Auckland Zoo. Along with his work in design Jon also lectures on the Industrial Design Course at AUT and tinkers with furniture making in his workshop. 

 

Talking Points

  • Project Intro

  • The Design Process

  • Material Selection

  • Manufacturing Considerations  

  • Successes and Challenges

  • Designing for Destruction

  • Ongoing Development

 

Dawson & Co Lunch

Dawson & Co would like to invite you to view the 2020 outdoor collection from DEDON, Tribu and Cove Outdoor. Take in the latest international designs from some of the world's leading outdoor furniture makers with a light lunch and refreshments.