News | 3 April 2024
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Hidden Welly gems: Our community gardens

A ripe orange pumpkin is a beautiful thing, but there’ll be more than good-looking vegetables to inspire Wellingtonians every Sunday in April.

Two people having a discussion next to a planter box.
Terrace Tunnel community garden.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens at a community garden and how you can get involved, Open Sundays are your chance to find out more.

Between 10am - 3pm every Sunday in April, you can visit a range of community gardens in different parts of the city to learn about the many benefits of growing kai together. 

From lush pocket gardens to rambling urban oasis, you’ll find them tucked away behind bowling clubs on Mount Victoria and nestled between houses in the Brooklyn Hills.

Rows of planter boxes in a community garden.
Miramar prison garden.

They’re as varied as the people who tend them but are all great places to learn about growing local kai, to connect with others, or take some time out.

Choose from thirteen different gardens to discover what thrives in your suburb’s unique climate, join a free workshop, pick up some low-cost gardening tips, explore an urban oasis, or get your hands in the soil alongside other locals. Gardeners will also be available throughout the day to answer your questions.

There are more than 30 community gardens scattered around the city. Some offer allotments, others garden collectively and share their produce, but they’re all open to the public. 

Groups of people standing around a planter box as somebody does a talk.
Innermost Garden on Mount Victoria.

You can make your Open Sundays outing a sustainable travel adventure with Pedal Ready. Cycle instructors will be leading free guided bike tours on 7 April (central) and 21 April (eastern). E-bikes are recommended (because Wellington has hills), but subsidised e-bike hire is available.

Car-pooling with friends and public transport are also smart and sustainable travel options.

See our website for the Open Sundays programme and more information about our community gardens, including locations, contact details and regular working bees.