Hidden Gardens

Louis Waters and Jayne Goldsworthy.

And the winners are...

Hidden Gardens 2018 has finished! Thank you to everyone who took part, visited the gardens and voted for their favourite garden. 

Public vote

The public’s favourite garden was Wanshi in Welly by Louis Waters. Voters said the garden was a great use of native plants, a bold concept that fit the setting and incorporated culture well.

Judges' vote

The Fairy Garden by Jayne Goldsworthy was the winner of the judges' vote. Judges said that the garden had great attention to detail, was well executed horticulturally and told an enchanting story that was perfect for the target audience.

Gardening prize

The winner of the gardening prize was Michael Robert Peter Patrick Barlow  – congratulations! Thanks for voting.

About the Hidden Gardens

These are gardens designed by our horticultural apprentice gardeners in the summer and hidden in secret locations around Wellington. We ran the Hidden Gardens challenge to find these gardens where you can vote for your favourite garden and go in the draw to win a prize. 

Apprentice training scheme

Council has a great horticultural apprentice training scheme with graduates’ now working throughout the ranks.
We wanted to celebrate them with a project that would brighten up unexpected parts of Wellington and give our participating apprentices to further develop the skills they’ve learnt.
If you are interested in hearing more about our horticultural apprentices program, please contact Leanne.Killalea@wcc.govt.nz.