The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden welcome you to this web site and this fascinating public garden

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

Our Garden
 

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.


Top Things to do Wellington NZ The most spectacular entry is by Cable Car. Leaving from Lambton Quay, the main shopping street, it terminates at the lookout entry to the Garden, which provides spectacular views over the city and the harbour. (See photo at end of this page) Return to the city by walking the downhill walkway back to the city heart, through the children's play area, Main Garden with its old trees, Duck Pond, and seasonal plantings
, to the Rose Garden and Begonia House, then through the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park.

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.

This site aims to provide items of interest and assistance to all visitors and members of the Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden.



Help us grow a Children's Garden
Visit dedicated web site   CLICK
 
The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden are working with Wellington Botanic Garden staff to raise funds for a Children's Garden. 
This world-class garden is a living, outdoor classroom
where children can explore, discover and connect with the natural world
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VISITORS
If you wish to see the main areas of the garden and enter via the Cable Car,  purchase a one way ticket  and then walk back to the city on the Downhill walkway , visiting all main areas. 
 
 From the Rose Garden you can either:
1.  Return to the Cable Car climbing up via Serpentine Way and Remembrance Ridge.  This is a relatively steep walk and can be tiring on hot days, but does include most of the Sculpture Walk
2. The
recommended option is to continue walking the Downhill Walkway to the city, passing through the Bolton Street Memorial Park which includes a collection of heritage roses,  and the historic cemetery and finishes close to the Parliament Buildings (the "Beehive").
3. On days when cruise ships are visiting, the Cable Car offers a shuttle vehicle from the Cable Car entrance to the Rose Garden running approximately every half hour, but is not free. This is ideal for those with mobility issues. It does not travel through the main parts of the garden, however, and we recommend walking down to the Rose Garden, but it can be used to return to the Cable Car Entrance instead of continuing walkling downhill to the City
Details of the Downhill Walkway click this link
Photo of Tui, commonly seen and heard in Garden





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Guided walks (click link for details)
Guided Garden walks
Glow worms
Self guided walks (click link for details)
Downhill walk Cable Car to City
Kowhai Walk
Sculpture walk
Norwood Path
Observatores
Self guided brochure walks
(Brochures available Treehouse and Begonia House)
Solander walk
Braile (Sensation) walk
Self guided walks
Native plant walks  introduction
Pukatea walk
Waipiro walk
...

THEN AND NOW

Towards Ludlam Way, Main Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden


Morphed photos
 

 Archival photo Wellington City Council
Photo taken 1910
 Modern photo P C Tomlinson
 


Faces from the Garden history
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John Buchanan
George V. Hudson
James Hector

Alfred Ludlam
Thomas Mason
Albert Kellogg


Thomas Kirk
Walter Mantell
W T L Travers

NEW PAGES TO THE SITE
Teaching Garden History
Post Office in the Garden
Henry Wright and the missing plants
Joy Fountain
Duck Frog Swan Pond


Contact details

Friends of Wellington’s Botanic Gardens,
P O Box 28-065, Kelburn,
Wellington 6150

President: Frank Wilson; phone (04) 475 7337; e-mail:fmwilson@clear.net.nz

The Friends can be contacted by e-mail
information@friendswbg.org.nz

To join application form available -  click here


Updated and redesigned site uploaded 5 June 2014
Major update September 28 2009
Friends site 2004
Precursor site ("WBG A Personal View" - material used in later official Friends site) 2001

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