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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!

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EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS
EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 2023 GDSNZ Xmas Party | Remuera, Auckland | Sunday 10th December, 2023 | 4 - 6pm
    2023 GDSNZ Xmas Party | Remuera, Auckland | Sunday 10th December, 2023 | 4 - 6pm
    Sun, Dec 10
    Auckland
    Dec 10, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Auckland, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
    This year's GDSNZ Xmas Party promises to be a cracker! The Events team have created a fabulous celebration for us all to end the year. We will be visiting a private garden in Remuera, Auckland. This is a very special garden, created by a family with deep roots in New Zealand'.
  • HIKOI Trip | Japan in Spring | 2 - 16 April 2024
    HIKOI Trip | Japan in Spring | 2 - 16 April 2024
    Tue, Apr 02
    Japan
    Apr 02, 2024, 12:00 AM – Apr 16, 2024, 11:50 PM
    Japan
    Our very own long standing Accredited members Penny Cliffin & Ian Henderson are HIKOI Garden Tours. HIKOI Garden Tours have successfully led garden design tours around the globe and are planning another garden design trip to Japan in April 2024. Read on to see how you can join them.
  • Te Tiriti workshop 2 | Unitec Marae Visit | POSTPONED
    Te Tiriti workshop 2 | Unitec Marae Visit | POSTPONED
    Time is TBD
    Unitec Marae 'Te Noho Kotahitanga'
    Time is TBD
    Unitec Marae 'Te Noho Kotahitanga' , 139 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
    Unitec marae visit and education session including waiata practise, education on history, construction and pou references of the whare whakairo, significance of the whenua (land/surrounding area). We will be sharing kai (lunch).
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PAST EVENTS ANDNEWS
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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.

$10

Paid Members

(Student, Full & Accredited Members)

$20

Wintec & Unitec Students

(not available for non Students)

PAST EVENTS AND NEWS
  • GDSNZ Northland Garden Trip November 2023 Registrations Closed
    GDSNZ Northland Garden Trip November 2023 Registrations Closed
    Thu, Nov 16
    Northland, New Zealand
    Nov 16, 2023, 9:00 AM – Nov 19, 2023, 4:00 PM
    Northland, New Zealand
    Nov 16, 2023, 9:00 AM – Nov 19, 2023, 4:00 PM
    Northland, New Zealand
    Our fabulous events team have conjured up a spectacular trip to Northland this November bursting with garden visits in Whangarei, Coastal Tutukaka and Kerikeri. This event has been over subscribed and registrations are now closed.
  • October Event Government House Garden Tour  Registrations Closed
    October Event Government House Garden Tour  Registrations Closed
    Thu, Oct 26
    Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Oct 26, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Oct 26, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Our October event is a visit to Government House in Epsom, Auckland. The Head Gardener will be leading us on a 1.5 hour guided tour of the gardens and Penny Cliffin will be talking about the notable trees. Tours do not include the interior of the house. Numbers are strictly limited to 30.
  • 'Life & Light' Garden visit and Lighting Talk with Jenny Pullar
    'Life & Light' Garden visit and Lighting Talk with Jenny Pullar
    Tue, Sep 12
    Avondale, Auckland 1026
    Sep 12, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Avondale, Auckland 1026
    Sep 12, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Avondale, Auckland 1026
    An evening event walking through an Auckland garden at sunset, a talk followed by a garden stroll in the dark to better understand garden lighting with our garden lighting designer and expert Jenny Pullar
  • Pechakucha 2023 | The climate crisis. How innovative landscape design can make a difference.
    Pechakucha 2023 | The climate crisis. How innovative landscape design can make a difference.
    Tue, Jul 25
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Jul 25, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Jul 25, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Our famous Pechakucha night is back! Arguably our most popular event of the year when 7 of our accredited members will entertain, educate and inspire us and fill the hunger in us all to know what each other are doing and thinking.
  • Jo Wakelin - Climate Resilient gardens - an illustrated lecture + 2023 AGM
    Jo Wakelin - Climate Resilient gardens - an illustrated lecture + 2023 AGM
    Tue, Jun 13
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Jun 13, 2023, 5:30 PM – 8:50 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Jun 13, 2023, 5:30 PM – 8:50 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    We are honoured and delighted to have Jo Wakelin accept our invitation to give an illustrated talk after our AGM this year. Jo will take us on a visual tour around her garden and talk to us about the challenges of creating a climate resilient garden.
  • Michael McCoy 'Celebrating Stress - The Aesthetic Opportunity'
    Michael McCoy 'Celebrating Stress - The Aesthetic Opportunity'
    Wed, Apr 26
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Apr 26, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Apr 26, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    We're honoured to have Michael McCoy aka The Gardenist, garden designer, writer, host of ABC TV Series Dream Gardens and organiser of the High Horticulture Online Symposiums agree to an exclusive one-off illustrated lecture in person in Aotearoa and lead a panel discussion with NZ industry experts.
  • Riverhaven Artland Tour Saturday 22nd April 2023
    Riverhaven Artland Tour Saturday 22nd April 2023
    Sat, Apr 22
    Riverhaven Artland Sculpture Park
    Apr 22, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Riverhaven Artland Sculpture Park, 331 North Road, Clevedon 2582, New Zealand
    Apr 22, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Riverhaven Artland Sculpture Park, 331 North Road, Clevedon 2582, New Zealand
    A garden visit, sculpture tour and a yummy lunch. Art Gallery visit in the afternoon if you so desire. Clevedon, Auckland.
  • Accreditation Information Evening
    Accreditation Information Evening
    Tue, Mar 21
    Glenys Yeoman's home
    Mar 21, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Glenys Yeoman's home, 18B Aberfoyle Street, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Mar 21, 2023, 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
    Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands Plant Fair
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Mar 18
    Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands
    Mar 18, 2023, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands, 125 Potts Road, Whitford 2571, New Zealand
    Mar 18, 2023, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 1024, New Zealand
    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 1024, New Zealand
    This is a lecture you will not want to miss as Claire and Anna will take us through their experiences of setting up their own businesses after being students at Unitec in Auckland.
  • Te Tiriti workshop - Te Tai-awa o te Ora Trust
    Te Tiriti workshop - Te Tai-awa o te Ora Trust
    Sat, Aug 13
    Online Workshop - Via Zoom
    Aug 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Online Workshop - Via Zoom
    Aug 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Online Workshop - Via Zoom
    We are proud to confirm our first Tiriti workshop with Christine Herzog from Te Tai-awa o te Ora Trust
  • Pechakucha night
    Pechakucha night
    Tue, Jul 26
    Eden Community Church and Livestream
    Jul 26, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Eden Community Church and Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Jul 26, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Eden Community Church and Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Our famous Pechakucha night where we are inspired and entertained by our Accredited members and drink beautiful 'Glogg' (also on livestream)
  • GDSNZ Accreditation 2022 Information Evening
    GDSNZ Accreditation 2022 Information Evening
    Tue, Jun 28
    Glenys's place
    Jun 28, 2022, 7:30 PM
    Glenys's place, 18B Aberfoyle Street, Epsom, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
    Jun 28, 2022, 7:30 PM
    Glenys's place, 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 2022.
  • GDSNZ AGM 2022
    GDSNZ AGM 2022
    Wed, Jun 22
    Eden Community Church
    Jun 22, 2022, 7:30 PM – Jun 23, 2022, 9:00 PM
    Eden Community Church, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Jun 22, 2022, 7:30 PM – Jun 23, 2022, 9:00 PM
    Eden Community Church, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    We're flipping things around this year and starting the evening with our incredible guest speaker, having a 'social break' with drinks and nibbles, then the GDSNZ AGM 2022 Do join us.
  • Guest Speaker - Reuben Paterson, Glitter for your garden
    Guest Speaker - Reuben Paterson, Glitter for your garden
    Wed, Jun 22
    Eden Community Church & Livestream
    Jun 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – Jun 23, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    Jun 22, 2022, 6:00 PM – Jun 23, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Eden Community Church & Livestream, 72-74 View Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
    We promised you an inspirational talk. Well we have delivered! We are honoured to have Reuben Paterson - one of New Zealand's most dynamic and important artists - entertain us with an illustrated lecture.
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