FORTY YEARS AGO HAMILTON GARDENS WAS A BLEAK LANDSCAPE.
IT WAS THE SITE OF A FORMER VICTORIAN RIFLE RANGE AND DOG DOSING STATION AND WAS COVERED IN BLACKBERRIES WITH SEAGULLS CIRCLING ABOVE. IT WAS THE CITY’S RUBBISH DUMP.
With minimal budgets, volunteers and community groups have dedicated thousands of hours and resources to transform the barren 54 hectare site into a free public park. Today, Hamilton Gardens has five garden collections with 21 themed gardens.
Hamilton Gardens’ concept is internationally unique and it has a growing international reputation. In October 2014 the Gardens was awarded International Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Council.
IT IS OUR VISION TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED WORLD CLASS GARDEN.
WE ARE BUILDING FOUR NEW GARDENS IN FOUR YEARS; CONCEPT, PICTURESQUE, MANSFIELD AND SURREALIST GARDEN,COURTYARDS AND A GARDEN PLAYGROUND.
"The potential for this place is so exciting. I think this is the best kept secret in New Zealand."
Sir Michael Hill, Patron Hamilton Gardens Development Trust
“The concept is, by far, the most exciting I have seen in my twenty year career as a researcher in the field of garden tourism. Hamilton could join the ranks of the five international destination gardens... this is because the vision, as stated, is indeed unique in the world and visually spectacular.”
Professor Richard Benfield, Central Connecticut State University, World authority on Garden Tourism
“It’s unlike anywhere else in New Zealand or in the world. I have not been to a garden as good anywhere, and I mean anywhere. Immaculately presented. Just stunning. They’ve quietly created a revolutionary new garden under everyone’s noses.”
Lynda Hallinan, New Zealand’s leading garden writer
We need your support
Hamilton Gardens has been built on a long tradition of community support. For more than 40 years community groups and local trusts have worked alongside Hamilton City Council to transform the former rubbish dump into award winning gardens.
You can support the development of Hamilton Gardens through donating online and sponsorship. All donations to the Hamilton Gardens Development Trust are eligible for a tax rebate.
We are also grateful for the donations we have received from:
- Hamilton Club
- Vibrant Hamilton Trust
- E.B Firth Charitable Trust
- Sir Miles Warren
- David and Rae Braithwaite
- Jon and Sue Tanner via Momentum Waikato Community Foundation
- Bernie and Kaye Crosby via Momentum Waikato Community Foundation
- Bernice and Jenny Screech
- The Maber Family
- Julie, Kate, and Ken Williamson via Momentum Waikato Community Foundation
- Glenn and Catherine Holmes
- Richard and Jan Seabrook
- Richard and Sheryl Trench