Friends

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Become a Friend of Hamilton Gardens and be a part of these treasured gardens and their unique concept.


About us

Now in its 34th year, the Friends of Hamilton Gardens organisation was formed in 1988 to support the growth of the Gardens and to provide a key focus for community involvement. The Friends of Hamilton Gardens Inc is a New Zealand registered charity, registered number CC23690.

We play a key role in raising awareness and promoting the use and enjoyment of Hamilton Gardens by raising funds for on-going garden developments.

In the past three years we have raised $420,000 for features in the upcoming Ancient Egyptian Garden (opening summer 2021/2022), Medieval Garden and Pasifika Garden.


Become a Friend

Become a Friend of Hamilton Gardens

As a Friend of Hamilton Gardens, you're part of a like-minded community making a valuable contribution towards creating a world-class garden experience. All members receive our annual journal and regular newsletters so that you are always in touch with the latest news from Hamilton Gardens.

As well as discounts at local retailers and at the Hamilton Gardens gift shop, you'll also be included in invitations to exclusive opening events and behind-the-scenes tours of gardens under development.


Our events

We have lots of activities throughout the year. These include:

Visit the Hamilton Gardens Events page for more details or take a look at the events listed Hamilton Gardens Facebook page.


Volunteer at the Gardens

Becoming a Friend may simply mean that you are happy for your subscription to give our funds a boost, knowing you are contributing to Hamilton’s jewel in its crown.

However if you enjoy interacting with a wide range of people and completing a range of retail tasks you may like to join the team of volunteers who staff the Visitor Centre at Hamilton Gardens. Full and ongoing training is provided. The position description and application form can be downloaded here: Hamilton Gardens Visitor Centre volunteer staff application form [PDF file, 4 pages] 

Also, volunteers are always needed to help out at events or at weekly propagating days. Ask a committee member for more information!


Make a donation

Your donation - be it big or small - goes directly to Hamilton Gardens’ developments, ensuring the gardens continue to bring joy and prosperity to the Hamilton community.

If you would like more information about donations, donations ‘in memory of’ or bequests please contact Marleina Ruka.


Contact the Friends

  • President – Marleina Ruka  021 294 9601
  • Plant and Propagating Group -  Susan Coubrough 022 186 2399 or Eileen Wilcox  022 0710 570
  • Garden Club -  Judy Holdsworth  07 855 4786

2020 Annual Report

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