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Horticultural Education Centre

A number of arboriculture, horticulture, floristry, landscape design and horticultural technology courses are offered by Wintec at Hamilton Gardens. For more information visit www.wintec.ac.nz or call in to the Horticulture Education Centre in Hamilton Gardens from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.

Environmental Commitment

Hamilton Gardens is committed to sustainable management practices by:

  • Recycling glass, paper, tin, aluminium, food waste, office supplies and garden compost
  • Purchasing mulch from the local recycling centre
  • Conserving water through night time irrigation, mulching, monitoring and recycling
  • All irrigation and most of the Gardens’ water features are sourced from the Waikato River under resource consent. Turtle Lake is fed from Hamilton East stormwater
  • Improving energy efficiency through monitoring, insulation and energy efficient technologies
  • Using a buy local policy
  • Conserving a valuable area of original bush and on-site cultural features and associations
  • Ongoing planting programmes and the propagation and distribution of locally ecosourced NZ plants for restoration work
  • Promoting sustainable practices through The Sustainable Backyard garden
  • Encouraging bird, insect and bat populations through planting, habitat protection and predator control
  • Supporting local conservation groups by providing them Hamilton Gardens facilities at discounted rates
  • Reducing chemical controls through integrated management and good husbandry
  • Monitoring and managing the area of refuse landfill in accordance with the Reserve Landfill Strategy
  • Encouraging onsite partners to use sustainable practices