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. 


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:

  • Matariki celebrations
  • Scarecrow Festival
  • Mansfield Garden Party
  • Regular plant sales
  • Guest lectures 
  • Garden Club
  • Social Club

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. An application form can be downloaded here: Hamilton Gardens Visitor Centre volunteer staff application form [PDF file] 

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 Virginia Graham or Marleina Ruka.


Contact the Friends

  • President – Virginia Graham 021 2094 513
  • Plant and Propagating Group -  Marleina Ruka  021 294 9601
  • Garden Club -  Judy Holdsworth  07 855 4786
  • Social Club -  Susan Coubrough 022 186 2399
  • Events Co-ordinator –  Cate Shepherd  027 844 5355