Support from the Friends of Hamilton Gardens

A Legacy of Support

For over three decades, the Friends of Hamilton Gardens have been the heart and soul of the community's dedication to these remarkable gardens. Established in 1988, this registered charity (CC23690) plays a pivotal role in promoting awareness, fostering engagement, and securing vital funding for ongoing development projects. Find out more about the Friends by visiting our About Us section. 

Community Contributions

Through their tireless efforts, the Friends have contributed an estimated $8 -10 million to date. Since 2020 they have raised funds for features in the Mansfield, Surrealist, Concept, and Picturesque Gardens, the Hamilton Club Summerhouse, and the Ancient Egyptian Garden. Their key focus at the moment is raising funds for the Medieval Garden, Baroque Garden and the Pasifika Garden. 

Friends Events and Activities

The Friends of the Gardens host lots of activities throughout the year, including:

  • Matariki celebrations
  • Scarecrow Festival
  • Mansfield Garden Party
  • Medieval Fair
  • Regular plant sales (check our What's On page)
  • Guest lectures and speakers
  • Garden Club
  • Social Events
  • Themed garden events

Visit the Hamilton Gardens What’s On page or follow Friends of Hamilton Gardens Facebook page to find out more.

Member Volunteering Opportunities

Make a Difference

Are you passionate about Hamilton Gardens and eager to connect with like-minded individuals? They invite you to explore our enriching volunteer opportunities! Contact Marilyn for more information.

Embrace the Rewards

Volunteering at Hamilton Gardens offers more than just the satisfaction of giving back. You'll gain valuable experience, connect with a supportive community, and deepen your appreciation for these remarkable gardens.

Visitor Centre volunteers

Engage with diverse visitors:
Welcome our visitors at the Visitor Centre and offer support and assistance in navigating the gardens. Share your knowledge and enthusiasm, answer questions, and provide exceptional service.

Comprehensive training:
They'll equip you with the skills and confidence to excel in your role with thorough ongoing training programs. Contact Marilyn for more information.

Event and garden volunteers

Lend a helping hand:
Contribute to the success of various events held throughout the year. Contact Judy for more information and to register your interest. 

Cultivate beauty:
Participate in weekly propagating sessions and monthly sales selling new plants that contribute to the Gardens' ongoing growth. The Plant and Propagating Group meet every week, contact Susan for more information and to register your interest.

Three adults look at plants for sale at Hamilton Gardens

Become a Friends Member

Become a Friend of Hamilton Gardens and connect with a passionate like-minded community dedicated to nurturing a world-class gardens experience. As a member, you'll receive:

  • Annual Journal: Stay informed with the latest news and developments through an engaging annual publication.
  • Regular Newsletters: Keep your finger on the pulse of the Gardens with frequent updates and insights.
  • Exclusive Events: Be among the first to experience new garden openings and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.
  • Local Discounts: Reap the benefits of special offers at participating retailers and the Hamilton Gardens Gift Shop and Hamilton Gardens Cafe.
A group of Friends of the gardens members volunteering at Hamilton Gardens

Join the Friends of the Gardens

By joining the Friends of Hamilton Gardens, you become an active participant in shaping the future of this cherished green space. Together, we can cultivate a vibrant and flourishing garden experience for generations to come.

Make a donation

The Friends of the Gardens welcome all donations which go to further development of the gardens, and can ensure visitors can enjoy the magic of the gardens. If you would like more information about donations, ‘in memory of’ donations or bequests please contact the President.

Friends of Hamilton Gardens - Garden Club

The Garden club is a small informal group who meet regularly under the auspice of Friends of Hamilton Gardens. The group meet socially every 2nd Tuesday morning to enjoy visiting local gardens. mostly in and around Hamilton and to share and improve their gardening knowledge.

Contact the Friends of Hamilton Gardens

Volunteer Manager - Marilyn Yeoman

President – Ralph Evans

Plant and Propagating Group - Susan Coubrough or Eileen Wilcox

Garden Club - Judy Holdsworth

Vice President – Carol Webb

Secretary – Judy Calder

Treasurer - Rob Braithwaite

Friends of Hamilton Gardens Committee members