Fond Farewell to the Heroic Garden Festival

Roger’s & Jan’s Garden


The Heroic Garden Festival, which gives attendees exclusive access to some of Auckland’s most striking private gardens, is in its twenty-third and final year.


This is your last chance to enjoy the festival, sadly festival director Geoffrey Marshall has been diagnosed with a terminal condition. Together with his partner John, they have been involved from the very first festival in 1997 either showcasing their garden or organising the event. Geoffrey and John will now focus on time together, with friends and to appreciate life in all forms.


The festival kicks off on Friday 15 February with Heroic Garden Party hosted by garden expert Tony Murrell at Mercy Hospice, with the festival being 16-17 February.


This year’s event will feature 28 gardens with nine gardens new to the festival and for many, it is their first time opening to the public.  Gardens will be open across Auckland, including Mt Eden, Remuera, Glendowie, Herne Bay, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach and Botany Downs.


“We have limited the festival to 28 gardens, ensuring enough variety and contrast between big country gardens and small central city gardens including everything in-between. Our aim is to provide gardening enthusiasts with inspiration of the possible and appreciation of the unobtainable,” says Geoffrey.


Anya Brighouse’s Garden


The festival appeals to a wide range of gardening enthusiasts, from those who appreciate the technical skill to others who simply enjoy the beauty that is unique to each garden.


“The event provides a great way to see new trends in garden design, sustainability and self-sufficiency, with the unique opportunity to talk to the creators and implement ideas in your own home,” he says. 


This year there is the option of a fully catered bus tour experience of the festival gardens on Sunday, 17 February hosted by garden expert Tony Murrell.


Heroic Garden Festival tickets are $60 per person and give entry to all gardens 16-17 February. Or purchase individual entry at the gates, $10 for an adult and children $5 (children under 12, where permitted).  Heroic Garden Party tickets are $10 per person.


To purchase tickets or for more information on the gardens including bus tour options and the Heroic Garden Party visit 


All funds raised will go towards Mercy Hospice to continue providing care and hospice services free of charge for patients facing life limiting illnesses and their families.


16-17 February