February 2017 | Special Announcement
The project to develop four new themed gardens and key infrastructure upgrades at Hamilton Gardens has reached its $7.2million funding target ahead of schedule. read more
May 2016 | Project Update
There’s a lot happening on the Hamilton Gardens Development Programme at present.
Work has started work on the Mansfield house frontage while some of the pergolas, walls and fences are completed within the Mansfield Garden. The Lawn Court has been opened so that visitors can now complete the circuit around the Sustainable and Kitchen Gardens.
The installation of the automatic irrigation system in the Mansfield and Picturesque Garden areas is close to completion. Gardens staff are currently planting the Concept Garden and cleaning up the adjacent riverbanks and Nursery staff are sourcing plants for this year’s extensive planting programme. Work continues on tenders for the Surrealist Garden and finalising designs on the tronite structures.
The first stage of the carpark extension has started and design work is underway on the playground.
February 2016 | Friends of Hamilton Gardens
Special mention needs to be made of the role that the Friends of Hamilton Gardens are playing in this big project led by their chairperson Marilyn Yeoman. The Friends particular focus is on supporting the development of the Mansfield Garden. They're already well advanced in raising
$100,000 for the Lily Pond Lawn. Recently they held an evening of lectures on Katherine Mansfield and organised the very successful Mansfield Garden Party - primarily to raise public awareness about the project. They have also recently decided to raise another $50,000 for the sculptural elements on the Mansfield Garden tennis court. This includes features described in her story 'The Garden Party'; a marquee, and tables full of food and drink (that must survive for many years in all weathers). Along with all of that, they are sponsoring a bronze scarecrow for the Kitchen Garden that is being imported from England which we hope it will be here in time to unveil at the Friends' annual Scarecrow Festival in late October.