Designers Compete to Create Children's Garden

4 March 2014

Ten companies from New Zealand and Australia are competing to design a new Children’s Garden at Wellington Botanic Garden.

Child holding an eggplant.

One of the young Children's Garden heroes who is behind this special place for kids


A campaign to raise $2.5 million for the garden is under way. It will cost $1.5 million to build and $1 million for an educational programme. Already $800,000 has been committed – $750,000 from the Plimmer Trust and $50,000 by the Lagoda Legacy.

The garden, on a hillside near the Treehouse Visitor Centre, will be a living classroom where children will learn why plants are essential to our lives. It is being developed in partnership with the Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden and donors – and will be designed with input from children.

“We want city kids to make the connections – to know where our food comes from, that we use plants to make our clothes, the houses we live in and for medicines,” says Botanic Garden Manager David Sole.

The decision on the design tender will be made next week. Construction is due to start in November and be completed by the middle of 2015. The garden will open in February 2016.

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