Hidden Gardens

Discover the seven Hidden Gardens across Pōneke, created by our Apprentice Gardeners.

Want to explore a something new in Pōneke? There are seven Hidden Gardens created by our Apprentice Gardeners for you to find across the city from 20 November to 15 December 2021.

Each garden has a theme, chosen and crafted by each apprentice.

There will be some activities and events on for different gardens throughout the month, for you to immerse yourself in the gardeners imagination. Or, you can bring some kai for a picnic, spend time in the space and enjoy the beauty behind each garden.

Every week, we’ll be revealing new gardens for you to discover. Since their locations are a secret, we’ll be revealing a new garden on the following dates: 

    • Saturday 20 November
    • Wednesday 24 November
    • Saturday 27 November
    • Wednesday 1 December
    • Saturday 4 December
    • Wednesday 8 December
    • Saturday 11 December

Keep an eye out on Facebook, Instagram and our website a couple of days before each reveal for clues on where you can find each garden.

Garden one – BBQ Herb Garden

Garden two - Serenity in the City

Garden three - The Conversation Pit

Vote for your favourite garden

You have the opportunity to vote for your favourite garden! The Apprentice Gardener with the most votes will win a people’s choice prize.

We recommend heading out to experience every garden before you cast your vote.

If you vote, you can go in the draw to win a gardening hamper. Winners for the prize will drawn on 16 December and contacted via email.

Vote for your favourite garden


About the Apprenticeship

The garden apprenticeship is a 3 year programme where you complete a NZ Certificate in Horticulture (level 4) - Amenity.

The apprenticeship is a mix of learning all of the theory and practical elements of amenity horticulture.

The apprentices each spend four months rotating around Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington Botanic Garden, and the Horticulture team during the different seasons. They learn from experienced trainers what it takes to look after all of our beautiful gardens and parks in Wellington.

To find out more information, please contact Leanne at leanne.killalea@wcc.govt.nz.