Excitement blooms for design enthusiasts

Design enthusiasts are urged to mark their calendars in preparation for the highly anticipated Auckland Garden DesignFest, to be held on November 14 – 15.

The DesignFest is a two-day charity event, showcasing 20 of Auckland’s finest, private, professionally designed gardens which will be unveiled to the public for the first time. Attendees will be able to mingle with the designers, who will be on-site to talk about their designs. Proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House, Garden to Table and Rotary Club of Newmarket Charitable Trust.

Confirmed designers include Trish Bartleet, Nigel Cameron, Trudy Crerar, Barbara Garrett, Joanna Hamilton, Bryan McDonald, Sue McLean, Phillip Millar, Tony Murrell, Richard Neville, Mark Read, Murray Reid, Robin Shafer, Karen Wealleans and Xanthe White.

Robin Shafer

Gardens were vetted by a panel of experts from the Garden Design Society of New Zealand.

The gardens are spread across Auckland, including the central and eastern suburbs.

“The opportunity to explore these stunning gardens for the first time makes it a very special event. There will be a diverse range of gardens on show, in terms of both size and style. Visitors will see how well-planned garden design and installation makes outdoor spaces more functional and enjoyable to live in,” says Joint Chairperson, Rose Thodey.

Grant Lynch and Barry Thom, owners of Unlimited Potential Real Estate and premier sponsor of the Auckland Garden DesignFest, say: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in such a unique event. We know first hand the considerable value that well thought-out, bespoke design can add to the value of a property.”

Barbara Garrett 1

Tickets have gone on sale for the third ever DesignFest and as there are only a limited number of tickets available, those planning to attend need to get in quickly.

Tickets are on sale at iTICKET, Central Landscape & Garden Supplies and Kings Plant Barn stores (see website for details) and onsite at the garden gate. Visitors can choose from a $65 all garden ticket or single garden access for $10 each.

For those who are looking to see the highlight gardens with expert guides, a bus tour will again be offered.

For more information and updates about the Auckland Garden DesignFest visit www.gardendesignfest.co.nz or follow them on Facebook.

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