Who are we?
The Friends of
the Wellington Botanic Garden was formed as an
Incorporated Society in 1990 to promote and support
the development of the Botanic Garden, to raise
funds and support Garden projects, and to foster
public interest in its educational, historical,
cultural, recreational and scientific functions.
What we do
The Friends work as volunteers to guide walks and host events in the Garden, organise bulb sales, arrange lectures, social functions and displays of historic and heritage interest, maintain a register of the Memorials in the Garden, raise funds and assist Garden Management with a variety of Garden projects.
Main current projects are the installation of permanent downhill path markers made of New Zealand-designed glass ceramic mosaic pavers in a rata design, and provision of support for fund raising for the Children’s Garden, a major development currently under planning.
You’ll see footprints of the Friends around the Garden. Recent projects we have implemented include the placing of directional and interpretative signage in the native bush remnants, the renovation of the Joy Fountain, the provision of entrances to the Pinetum, the renewal of many of the path markers and the maintenance of the “butterfly garden” on Druid Hill.
The Friends welcome new members and ideas – click for contact details to join
and for list of new site pages
and to search the site for specific information
and 150 years of historic images of the garden
and General Garden photos showing significant features
and Lady Norwood Begonia Plants and house details
New Zealand's most historic public botanic garden is located in the heart of Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.
This garden was established in 1868, 5 years later than the Dunedin and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, but is historically important from its key role in the introduction of Pinus radiata, a tree of major economic importance to this country.
Located within walking distance of the commercial and shopping heart of the City, it is only a short distance from the National Museum - Te Papa.
Come, enjoy, rest a while, have a coffee at the cafe and browse the Begonia House shop but, most important, bring your camera for those memories of this fascinating garden.
site aims to provide items of interest and
assistance to all visitors and members of the
Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden.
Covid 19 update
Exterior garden areas remain open to the public, as do public restrooms.
For more information,
please visit the Wellington City Council’s
Another project that the
committee will be progressing this year, is
the rebuilding of the Friends' website. Due to
the tireless work of Phil Tomlinson over many
years, we have a website that in detail and
size well exceeds what our fellow botanic
garden friends have. But the quantity of
information that we offer unfortunately
presents us with the challenge of finding a
volunteer to manage the site in the long term.
Fortunately, Wellington City Archives has
recognised the historical value of what Phil
has created and is prepared to take over much
of the existing website's content with the
view to making it publicly available as part
of their new online service.
There is much to
be done yet, but the current site will likely be
replaced with a new and smaller one, a sitethat will
still serve as an essential resource for members
while at the same time providing links to the
material that the current site is renowned for.
There will be more advice and consultation in due
I have not been involved in the
detail of the new site, and the details of its
location, size and contents remains largely
unknown. The only fact known is that the
historical material will no longer be available on
the Friends site, although links will be
provided for the e-books. It appears the
replacement site will hold none of the material
shown in the top menu line, or most of the lower
menu, and will be restricted to some half dozen
pages covering the Friends organisation
only. The Friends constitution sets an objective
to "to foster public interest in
the educational, historical, cultural,
recreational and scientific functions of the
Garden" , but this
would not appear to be retained, a major departure
from the existing site.
|Visit the Wellington Botanic Garden
|Guided walks (click
link for details)
Guided Garden walks
Self guided walks (click link for details)
Downhill walk Cable Car to City
Self guided brochure walks
(Brochures available Treehouse and Begonia House)
Braile (Sensation) walk
Self guided walks
Native plant walks introduction
|Faces from the Garden
Click IMAGE for further information
T L Travers
instances image dates are not known , but relate
to the relevant era
150 years of historic garden images
October 2018 will see the 150th anniversary of the opening of this Garden.
The information on this site gives some measure of the history that has made the garden what it is today
PAGES TO THE SITE
Bramley updated biography about head gardener
|Peace Garden and
of the garden series
Menu historical/people in the garden/directors
House (and Director"s House)
Hudson biographical notes from Karori Historical Society
could have been
Garden and Begonia House history - Walter Cook
|Herb Garden Herione
in the Garden
|Henry Wright and the
|Duck Frog Swan Pond
|Places from the Garden
Click IMAGE for further information
||Bolton St heritage roses