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 30th year, the Friends of Hamilton Gardens organisation was formed in 1989 to support the growth of the Gardens and to provide a key focus for community involvement with the Gardens.

With the first stage of a new development plan underway (2018 – 2022), we continue to play a key role in raising awareness, use and enjoyment of the Gardens, and in assisting Hamilton City Council by raising funds for on-going garden developments.

We have committed to raise an ambitious $420,000 over the next three to four years for features in the upcoming Ancient Egyptian, Medieval and Pasifika gardens. 

Friends of Hamilton Gardens is a New Zealand registered charity, registered number CC23690.


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 to stay in the loop with the latest news from Hamilton Gardens.

As well as discounts at local retailers, 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 -  Eileen Wilcox  022 0710 570
  • Garden Club -  Judy Holdsworth  07 855 4786
  • Social Club -  Susan Coubrough 022 186 2399

The Friends of Hamilton Gardens plant and propagating group meets regularly to work towards having a good selection of healthy, unusual and cheap plants for the plant sale stall. If you are interested in becoming part of this dynamic group (no expertise required) you would be very welcome. For further information ph Susan Coubrough 022 186 2399 or Eileen Wilcox 07 854 7846.

2019 Annual Report

Download: President's annual report 2019 [PDF file]

Download: Financial report 2018-2019 [PDF file]