20 October 2019

New Zealand's Native Trees (Revised edition) - Interview with Rob Lucas

 The seminal work by John Dawson and Rob Lucas has a new, revised edition. Listen to this interesting interview with Rob on Radio New Zealand.

Nine to Noon: Decades photographing NZ native trees (18 October 2019)


New Location for the Gift Shop

Our newly relocated gift shop can be found in the Treehouse Visitor Centre. With a view from the tree-tops overlooking the centre of the garden, the Treehouse is a great place to take a rest stop and browse some fantastic New Zealand giftware. Our friendly staff can help you with information on the garden or surrounding areas of Wellington City.

The shop offers a wide range of New Zealand gifts such as soft merino ponchos, a variety of easy-care houseplants, practical garden products, unique souvenirs, books, cards, hand-made jewellery and local products. Each purchase from the shop helps to grow the garden.

We can post your postcards both within New Zealand and internationally, so you can easily keep in touch with friends and family.

Duck food, sunscreen, city maps and brochures are also available for no charge, but a donation is always appreciated.

The Treehouse is wheelchair accessible, with an easy access elevator straight from the Fragrance Garden. Accessible toilets and a baby changing room are also available.

We have wheelchairs and mobility scooters available for hire, to book call the Treehouse: 04 499 1400 

Keep up to date with garden news, upcoming events and new shop products by following our Facebook page and Instagram @wellingtongardensnz



9 October 2019

Saving Plant Species: Cryogenic Conservation

Did you know: the Wellington Gardens team is at the forefront of conservation technology? That we have a lab dedicated to understanding and conserving plant species?

Seed banks are important to plant conservation, but some plants don't do well in this type of storage. In order to preserve these species, we need to use another process. Join Otari-Wilton's Bush Conservation and Science Advisor Karin van der Walt as she shares information about this high-tech method on the In Defense of Plants podcast. 

In Defense of Plants Episode 230 - Cryogenic Conservation


New Wellington Gardens Bird Watchers Guide/Ngā Māra o Pōneke Ngā Tohutohu Mātaki Manu

Our gardens are home to a dazzling array of plants and animals. They are fantastic habitats for a diverse population of endemic, native and introduced birds. Wellington is one of the few cities in the world where native biodiversity is increasing!

Take some time and head out to the gardens, listen and look for our bird friends, and see how many you can find.

Pick up a copy of the guide at the Treehouse Visitor Centre or download here. Available in English and Te Reo Māori