Auckland Garden DesignFest

Organisers of the Auckland Garden DesignFest chose the first day of spring to announce their designer line-up. The 2015 event will showcase 20 gardens representing the design skills of 16 designers over two days on November 14 and 15.

The festival is jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Garden Design Society of New Zealand, (GDSNZ) and this will be the third time the biennial charity event has taken place.

Joining Chelsea Flower Show Silver medallist Xanthe White, and TV and radio gardening personality Tony Murrell at the DesignFest are a bevy of talented New Zealand designers – Trish Bartleet, Nigel Cameron, Trudy Crerar, Barbara Garrett, Joanna Hamilton, Phillip Millar, Bryan McDonald, Sue and Colin McLean, the design duo of Mark Read and Richard Neville, Murray Reid, Robin Shafer and Karen Wealleans.

This garden being featured in the Auckland Garden DesignFest was designed by Craig Steiner and Barbara Garrett. Photo: Anna Comrie-Thomson

Gardens submitted for consideration were reviewed by a panel of experts from the Garden Design Society of New Zealand. None of these gardens have  previously been open to the public and many may not be again. There will be a diverse range of gardens on show, in terms of both size and style and the designers will be onsite to talk to visitors.

GDSNZ joint chairperson Rose Thodey is delighted with the designers in this year’s festival. “The gardens they have created are outstanding and we can’t wait to share them with visitors in November.”

Proceeds from the festival will go to Ronald McDonald House, Garden to Table and children’s charities supported by the Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust.

“We have such wonderful sponsors who really share our passion for garden design and we thank them for their support. A huge thank you also to the garden owners who will very kindly open up their private gardens to the public. Without these generous people and thousands of volunteer hours, the festival simply would not happen,” Thodey says.

Barry Thom, director of Unlimited Potential Real Estate, the premier sponsor of the event, says: “Every day we see the value that well thought-out design can add to a property. We jumped at the chance to champion this event and showcase New Zealand’s outstanding garden design talent whilst supporting some incredible charities.”

Tickets for the Auckland Garden DesignFest are on sale at iTICKET, plus various garden retailers (see the festival website for details) and also at the garden gate. Visitors can choose from a $65 all-garden ticket or single garden access for $10 each. Discounted Earlybird tickets are also available until 30 September. Group discounts are also available.

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