Join the Friends of Hamilton Gardens during their AGM to find out how you can become involved as Hamilton Gardens continues with its ambitious goal to build four new gardens in four years. Following the AGM guest speaker Ben Hoyle will share his passion with garden design.
Ben Hoyle bio:
Ben Hoyle has been designing and building gardens for as long as he can remember.
Born and raised in a small country town in Northland, New Zealand, Ben has a natural affinity for the outdoors and a passion for plants and design. Moving to the Wellington region he studied horticulture and landscape design, graduating in 1997 with his Diploma.
At the age of 20 and fresh out of tertiary training Ben formed his own Landscape Design Company, www.bluegecko.co.nz in 1998. In the same year he exhibited at the Ellerslie International Flower Show winning his first Silver Medal. This would prove to be the beginning of an addiction for him, exhibiting a further six times to bring his current medal tally at E.I.F.S. to ten (five gold), including taking top honours in 2006 in the Avenue of Gold section, (competing against other previous Gold Medal winners).
Over the years Ben has also been involved in television shows such as Maggie’s Garden Show and the Good Morning program, creating magic garden makeovers as well as writing D.I.Y. columns for Fairfax’s Magazine Your Weekend. He also talks regularly to various gardening groups and horticultural societies. He has judged both here in N.Z. and the Australian Garden Show in Sydney.
As part of the Kapiti community Ben has supported local projects such as the Otaki Children’s Health Camp, Waikanae Kindergarten, Kapiti Youth Support and the Coastlands Aquatic Centre, offering free design and project management services.
In October 2010 Ben represented New Zealand in the inaugural Gardening World Cup held in Japan. With the show theme ‘Gardening for Peace’, Ben’s design was both radically innovative and thought provoking and was titled ‘A Moment in Time’. His garden was awarded a Gold Medal and took out the Supreme Peace Award.
In February 2011, Ben returned to Ellerslie with his widely anticipated garden, Pure Indulgence. However as a result of the Christchurch quake, the show was cancelled and transformed from construction site to recovery centre.
In support of the Canterbury rebuild he returned to Christchurch the following year to claim another Gold Medal and the ‘People’s Choice Award’, and again backed this effort in 2013 with his 6th Gold Medal.
Today, aside from some wonderful ‘real gardens’, we will get a glimpse into some of these exhibition gardens. This will include a rare behind the scenes look at how in just a matter of days these show gardens transform vacant ground into the ultimate in green tranquility.