Gardens open Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4pm. The Sundowner gardens #13 is open on Saturday from 4 pm to Sunset only.
Garden 1 - Delamore Drive
Garden 2 - Huia Street
Garden 3 - Miami Avenue
The year is 1986, and Sakina makes a decision to visit a life long friend living on Waiheke Island and in making this decision, a dream is born, Emma Irene Cottage. A tranquil oasis, offering many different aspects to suit a mood. A garden that provides flowers in friendship, surplus vegetables to friends neighbours and those in the community. Emma Irene cottage named for Sakina' s mother Emma (who spent a wonderful 9/12 months on Waiheke) and a dear friend Irene. The opportunity to host the garden safari in our bit of paradise, a chance to say thank you to the Jassy Dean Trust as a past recipient of their unflinching support it provides to Waiheke and a chance to say thank to Waiheke for welcoming Emma into it's Family.
Garden 4 - Great Barrier Road
Jeremy Zinzan, Sivana Retreat
Sivana Retreat is a world unto itself. Tucked away over the ridge line from MacKenzie Reserve, a few hundred yards from Enclosure Bay, this garden mixes native New Zealand bush with exotic elements from Bali, Brazil and beyond. Tranquil, secluded, diverse; a maze of landscaped pathways meander amongst the house and garden, with a multitude of nooks and crannies to explore and get lost in. Emerging sculptural artist Belinda Fabris has chosen Sivana Retreat to showcase her surreal and flamboyant earthenware entities. the perfect natural backdrop in which to surprise and delight those who appreciate her work.
Garden 5 - Donald Bruce Road
Te Huruhi School, Garden to Table
The Garden to Table gardens at Te Huruhi School are working gardens whose main focus is to provide the year 5 children with hands on gardening and cooking skills and creating lifelong skills of healthy eating, seasonality and respect for the environment. Having gardens that they have cared for that produce food at school gives the children tremendous pride. With the help of volunteers, the children learn to grow a variety of produce appropriate for the season. They take home the skills and recipes they have learnt and share this with their families. The garden provides endless learning and unplanned discoveries. As they learn to identify vegetables, herbs, flowers and insects they are using their wider learning in reading labels, working out plant spacing’s and growing timeframes all the while engaging their senses. The children love this program of Grow, Harvest, Prepare and Share.
Garden 6 - Te Toki Road
Kauri Springs Lodge
Garden 7 - Wharf Road
Marco and Vicki Canestri
Before we bought this property, we were not gardeners. The garden needed a lot of work and to start with it felt really overwhelming. We started by sitting down and deciding what we wanted from the garden, which was plenty of space for the kids to run around, vegetable gardens, an entertaining space and my husband really wanted a petanque pit. We both work full time, so we also wanted to minimise the maintenance involved. Having decided how we wanted to use the garden, we then sectioned the garden into zones and decided to focus on one area at a time. Landscaping it in chunks was more like working on a series of smaller gardens, which made the whole project seem more achievable. Since being in the Garden Safari 3 years ago, we have continued to refine these zones, with the latest project focusing on the main vegetable beds. Looking back on our plan, we have achieved what we set out to do, which is creating a garden that is enjoyed by the whole family.
Garden 8 - Albert Crescent
Jill and Wayne Robson
After previously coming from a large garden 4 years ago, this garden is very small. We were determined to make this one "easy care". With contained gardens and metal paths, there are no lawns and an enclosed private courtyard at the entrance to the garden. Being sheltered and sunny, we have developed a semi-tropical theme. The vegetable garden is contained within quarry rocks, then dropping away down a path to terraced gardens with fruit trees. With sea views over Anzac Bay, the garden opens up to the East. An eclectic mix of out buildings and found objects create interesting garden spaces.
Garden 9 - Seaview Road
Tracey Mancer and Joan Millen
This garden is a 1 ¼ acre wonderland full of variety. There are bush walks, an orchard ,fernery, oriental garden, fairy garden and much more. Joan has been here over thirty years planting every tree and shrub she fancied. Tracey arrived seven years ago full of enthusiasm & new ideas, determined to let sunlight back into the garden. It will always be a work in progress but we are having a lot of fun.
Garden 10 - Erua Road
Geoff and Christine Thomas
We are grateful to the original owners of our property for planting such a wide variety of trees and plants. They provide us with a good deal of joy (and some hard work). Peek into the lower cottage garden with a couple of fruit trees and an expanding native central garden. Further up the driveway a veg garden with rhubarb and strawberries and a productive cluster of citrus. Take a left at the well-used compost bins and make your way up the steps to the fernery. The green area to the right is heavily planted with a variety of plants, grasses and ferns.Continue under the banana palms and up the steps towards the house. At the top of the next steps a water feature provides observable joy from a wide variety of birds. A shower is available for humans as well. Pause at the deck for a lovely view over ANZAC Bay. Continue up the steps and behind the house. (Mind your head). Native plantings are establishing nicely on the steep bank. Turn left to go to the very top and an even better view of ANZAC Bay. Go down, past the upper vegetable garden and a narrow shell path down the driveway.
Garden 11 - Margaret Reeve Lane
Kay and Lance Peterson
Dead Dog Bay Wetland Garden & Sculpture nestles in an historic Waiheke site – the early village of Wharetane Bay or Putiki Bay. The land contains a discrete eco-system from a fresh water stream through forest, wetland, lagoon and out to sea, and is an area of Special Ecological Significance (SES) in the Hauraki Islands Plan. Our first 5 years were all about weed clearance and planting more than two thousand native trees. The soil conditions of a wetland catchment are especially challenging, so we’ve mulched all plantings to cope with the extremes of Waiheke climate and soil, using compost, bark, sheep pellets, blood&bone, gypsum and nitrophoska. The new garden, now 5 years old, is based on extensive landscapes with curved walls to accentuate the gentle contours and intimate spaces. My garden plan is to integrate the attributes of natural landscape, forest and wetland, intensive plantings with art, and my desire for strong colour means the plantings are blended with a mix of native, perennial and sub-tropical. I’ve planted exotic and flowering trees for colour and texture including Magnolia, Nyssa, Oak, Maples, Copper Beech, Cornus, Flowering Cherry, Pear, Albizia, Jacaranda, Silver Birch, Liquid amber and Claret Ash. I’ve added flowering and scented shrubs such as Hibiscus, Camellia, Lonicera, Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Roses, Viburnum, Clematis, Plumbagos and Brunsfelsia. Perennials such as Miscanthus, Clivia, Geranium, Convolvulus, Canna, Alstromaeria, Agapanthus and Salvias give strong seasonal colour and ground cover. A dominant feature is the mass of Bullrush (Raupo) in the Okoka wetland - lime green in spring to soft brown in winter. On ‘The Island’ tall native trees have grown in black soil beside the Okoka Lagoon. Once completely choked by 6m high weeds it is dominated by Arnold Wilson’s major sculpture in rimu ‘Titama He Taneata’ (‘The argument’). Most paths are stone or mown grass with gentle gradients, though there are a few steps. A walking route is marked and maps and seating areas are provided.
Garden 12 - Gordons Road
Leigh Efferion and Chris Jacobs
Garden 13 - The Sundowner Garden - Open Sat 4 pm to Sunset
Gabriella and Claude Lewenz
This is the 3rd Annual Sundowner garden event. Don't miss out as this garden is only open Saturday from 4 pm to sunset. Come and enjoy the garden, the lush mediterranean property and the view to the West.
Dance to the cool tunes of DJ Serene or relax while enjoying local artisan food, wine and beer. Eftpos available.
This garden is free with a Safari wristband or $10.00 at the gate.
Parking is plentiful.
Our Gardens - 2015
Waiheke Garden Safari 2015
7 & 8 November
Gardens open Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4pm. The Sundowner gardens !2 and 13 are open on Saturday from 4 pm to Sunset and on Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm.
Being open to the west and sou'westerly gales has its challenges. Our garden is no exception. The planting of the garden has been done in an attempt to ameliorate the effects of these ferocious winds. Formerly part of the Delamore Farm, our 3.5 acre garden comprises 2.5 acres of steep hillside of regenerating native bush, with the remainder planted with native trees and shrubs protecting the productive vegetable gardens and fruit trees. The original subdivision required extensive native plant regeneration, most of which was manuka and karo. However, since then we have planted many hundreds of native specimen trees such as pohutukawa, totara, kohekohe, karaka and titoki, most of which we have grown from seed. Plagues of rabbits are an ongoing challenge but, by protecting the young plants with netting, we have been able to establish the basis of a credible young forest and productive vegetable gardens.
Garden 2 - 126 Church Bay Road, Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard
Robyn Jones and Nick Jones
The challenge was creating a formal garden using natives and coastal-hardy plants. We focus on edible flowers and herbs to supply the restaurant but also need it to look aesthetically attractive year round. We also grow micro greens in our greenhouse which supplies our restaurant. We enjoy topiary, and have had great success with our olives, santolina and lilly pilly. We recently created a lavender plantation – a small terraced bank with grosso that we have harvested successfully. It’s the most vivid purple in January. We hope to make essential oil from it next year. Parts of the garden are now more than 15 years old. We still work on new ideas and take in new areas of garden. We have planted lavender and rosemary next to the paths and steps to make it an aromatic walk, and thyme self seeds through the pebbled pathways, releasing its alluring aroma as you crunch it underfoot. We have created outdoor seating so people can sit among the gardens in the shade and relax.
Garden 3 - Hei Matau, 20 Cable Bay Lane
Peter and Fiona Kirch
Hei Matau Lodge and gardens have been developed over the last five years and the bare rawness of the land and building site is now nearly forgotten. Additions and improvements to the property and gardens have been going on until recently. Entering the property from Cable Bay Lane, at the highest point of the site, you are welcomed by the stunning view of house and sea, framed by the entrance gates. The plants chosen had to be able to withstand the island clay and lack of drainage as well as Waiheke’s maritime conditions, which can be extreme. While hardy plant specimens were required, the plants chosen also have great ornamental appeal. The coastal planting and revegetation along the perimeter is well established and plant species have been used to blend in with the wider natural landscape. Artworks enhance the gardens and the architecture of the lodge. Gates and screens have been designed to be functional and ornamental. Imaginative concrete treatment of the outdoor fireplace on the terrace gives it a modernistic fossilised look. A wind screen installed around the northern seaside terrace provides this area with ample shelter from the winds and a fabulous view of the Waitemata and Sky Tower.
Garden 4 - 39 Cable Bay Lane, Uma Rapiti Farm
Charles and Tana Fishman
The property is relatively new to our family. We have been developing it as an educational and experimental farm with a focus on permaculture since 2007. We are not a commercial farm – we grow to feed ourselves, share with neighbours and donate to local organisations in need. Our vision remains focused on learning to live sustainably, educating, and experimenting with plants and spaces. We have seven acres of northwest facing former paddock – some sloping, some flat. There are small, established tracts of native bush that help shelter us from the northwest winds. The bird life is thriving, as are the rabbits. We have a small mixed fruit and nut orchard, planted in 2007, and a 50-tree olive grove, planted his year. Enjoy our food forests – some mini-size, some larger, and some with microclimates like the subtropical region. There is a native bush regeneration project in progress. A weed and exotic species removal project is also evident as well as ongoing weed suppression. See our glamorous composting toilet – a source of ‘humanure’ – and our compost and Bokoshi bins. Note the diversified veggie gardens and the succulent garden lining the driveway.
Garden 5 - 20A Hamilton Road
Barry Danby and Stuart Jobling
Now the garden is fully established it's more a matter of pruning and removing all the constant growth. We have carried on with our subtropical theme which, we found out from the recent heavy frost, has its disadvantages. As ours is a small garden, we have created new walkways for access around the garden. We still have the same eels in the stream.
Stuart will be displaying his artwork in his garden throughout the weekend. He also has a piece in the Art Auction on Friday, 6 November.
Garden 6 - 68 Jellicoe Parade
Kay and Ken Fenton
We love our garden because it has been so cleverly designed on a steep section and it also suits the Waiheke climate. We especially love all the different greens in the garden, and the striking red bromeliads. The rosemary hanging over the Waiheke stone walls is a beautiful show of blue. The hedging gives a bit of formal structure, but most of all we love approaching our garden as you come around the corner. It makes us smile. The giant striking red bromeliads are Alcantarea Imrerialis Rubra and will grow to a maximum height of 1.8m and width 1.5m. Our garden is coming up to five-years-old. We find it a very easy care garden. The fun artwork of Belinda Fabris will be on display throughout the garden.
Garden 7 - 5A Coromandel Road
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary
Our one acre garden is an oasis of plant diversity, which is something we strive for in our ever challenging Waiheke landscape. Over the last two years we have redeveloped many gardens, improving the hard landscaping including adding rock walls made of unique Waiheke stone. Additions include a vireya garden and a rose garden which has David Austin varieties that will be in full bloom for the safari. The spring garden will also be full of our favourite annuals including peony poppies, larkspurs, linaria and clary sage. We’ve also added a collection of bronze sculptures to the garden by renowned New Zealand sculptor Paul Dibble. Allow plenty of time to walk around – there’s plenty to enthral the senses. Children are welcome but we ask that they do not touch the sculptures or climb on them for safety reasons.
This garden won the People's Choice Award in 2011.
Garden 8 - Coromandel Rd/Great Barrier Rd
The McKenzie Reserve will be a great stop for home gardeners wanting to see excellent examples of Waiheke native plants that grow well on an exposed and difficult site. Working in partnership with the Auckland Council and with support from the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust, this local conservation project has transformed an old pine forest into a unique destination on the island. In excess of 10,000 volunteer hours have distributed more than 8000 cubic metres of mulch, planted 13,000 native trees and formed over two kilometres of tracks. Today the reserve is made up of several zones with different ecosystems and stunning views to provide a unique experience for anyone visiting.
Garden 9 - 14 Bay Road
Derek Payne and Liz Cresswell
Apart from the easily identified mature trees and palms, the bulk of our garden is approximately two years old. The transformation process began in the winter of 2013 when Grant Dunn and his team at Roughly Refined took to a long, thin, quite steeply-sloping site with a mini-digger, picks and shovels and many truckloads of rocks and mulch to create the hard landscaping into which we could plant. Our garden is basically in four squares. Square One, by the roadside, is left mainly untouched. Through the gate is Square Two – the front garden with an emphasis on natives. We didn't want any lawns to mow here so the green patch in front of the house is selliera radicans – a low “no-mow” ground cover. Square Three is the house with a bit of side planting and Square Four, the back garden, has an emphasis on subtropicals around the deck and courtyard with fruit trees and raised vege beds in the background. Our overall aim was to create the mythical low maintenance, easy-care garden. We're still working at it.
Garden 10 - 15 Calais Terrace
With an elevated position overlooking Anzac Bay, this waterfront garden has been developed to enhance its natural stunning background. Simplicity of plantings within open spacious lawn add an attractive atmosphere of peace and tranquillity – a place to linger and relax. Over a period of 12 years I have enjoyed the learning process and, by working with nature, have hopefully helped to create a space for all to enjoy.
Garden 11 - 31 Valley Road
Pat Eddy and Glen Horspool
More than 30 years of love and hard labour has gone into making our garden a sub-tropical oasis. Originally the half-acre property was graced with only a few older native trees but over the years we have added many more natives, a wide variety of palms, and several fruit trees – all under-planted with a comprehensive array of subtropical plants. A wide range of bromeliads, cannas, monsterosas and agaves border the two lawns. Paths throughout the garden invite exploration. Quirky bits of art placed in all the gardens provide a fun element. For the feathered world it is a paradise that includes food and ‘superior’ accommodation. On a more practical level, a small productive vegie garden with raised beds and individual irrigation systems supplements our ‘five fruit and veg a day’ needs. Built on a gentle slope, the garden has easy access and there is generous roadside parking.
Garden 12 - 341 Gordons Road Sundowner
Saturday from 4pm till sunset and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Joy’s Cottage The caretaker’s cottage is behind the homestead. The cottage was built in 1928 and has undergone renovations in 1995, 2005 and 2011. The gardens were extensively redone in 2010-2011 in a fabulous cottage, vegetable, coastal and bird loving native style. This is a Sundowner Garden and is open on Saturday from 4pm till sunset and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Garden 13 – Sundowner 341 Gordon’s Road, Kauaroa Bay
Sundowner Garden - Saturday from 4pm till sunset
Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Jackie Kerridge and Chris Reeve
This extensively renovated 1865 New Zealand kauri farmhouse with a large cottage, vege and coastal gardens is set in a farm environment with its own beach and jetty. Although featured several times before, the property is now on the market and this may be the last time the public can view this magical location before it is sold. The gardens include doves, a fabulous pool area, a gazebo, an outdoor lounge and a completely renovated full size tennis court. With many areas to sit and relax, it is the perfect place to bring your own picnic and enjoy. This Sundowner garden is open on Saturday from 4pm till sunset and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.