Gardens share their secrets
The Auckland Botanic Gardens are ‘‘a lot more than just a park’’, Micheline Newton says.
She’s looking forward to sharing its secrets with the public on May 29.
The gardens will be joining 72 others across New Zealand and Australia to host a world-first open day.
It is a chance for visitors to learn more about what goes on day-to-day at their local botanic gardens, arboretum or public gardens.
Tree expert Mike Wilcox and curator Bec Stanley will lead guided walks at the 64ha site in Manurewa. They will share their knowledge about trees and epiphytes, the plants that grow upon them.
Gardens manager Jack Hobbs will host workshops on choosing trees for planting, while Auckland Council’s biodiversity team will be on hand to give free expert advice on building biodiversity in home gardens.
There will also be ‘tree trail’ scavenger hunts and tree-themed art activities for kids running throughout the day.
About 80 per cent of visitors to the site come solely for recreation, but the gardens also runs research projects, education programmes and efforts to protect and manage plants that are threatened with extinction.
The open day runs 10am-3pm at the gardens at 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa. Entry is free.
Auckland Botanic Gardens visitor services manager Micheline Newton is welcoming one and all to a world-first open day.