Known as Auckland's 'hidden gem', come and discover our stunning memorial garden in the heart of Auckland. Developed by volunteers, Eden Garden has become an award-winning destination with beautiful plant collections that always provide something in bloom. Use of eco-friendly methods to control weeds encourages a thriving bio-diversity to encourage native fauna, geckos, wetas, insects, birds and butterflies.
Come and visit the garden for some inspiration and fresh air - we are open from Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 4pm.
As a not-for-profit organisation funding has been badly affected due to COVID-19 and we need support to keep our Garden open and ensure families can continue to celebrate the lives of loved ones. Support can be given through garden entry, memorials, room hire, donations and bequests.
About Eden Garden
Eden Garden as we know it, on the slopes of Auckland's Mt Eden, had its beginnings in July 1964. A history of its very early days would go back more than 20,000 years, when the site of Auckland today was a field of about forty active volcanos. In more recent times, following the founding of Auckland in 1840, most of the cones were quarried and taken to build the city which has risen where once they stood. A quarry on Mt Eden, abandoned in 1928, was later purchased by a city business man, Sir Frank Mappin, as an addition to his neighbouring estate. When, in 1962, Sir Frank presented his home to the nation as a vice-regal residence, the Government of the day rejected the old quarry, not an overgrown wilderness, as an eyesore and embarrassment. Two years later, a far-sighted horticulturist, Mr Jack Clark, with fifteen fellow enthusiasts, took on the task of converting it into a garden. What you see today is the results of his vision.
Developed by volunteer workers who give freely of their time maintaining established areas, planning and working on further development, Eden Garden is now a national showplace. (Most of the Garden paths you tread commemorate Society members, prominent in that development.) Today, the 5.5 acres (2.25 hectare) Garden features mature trees and flowering shrubs with splendid collections of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Calender of attractions
JANUARY - Jacaranda, Russelia, Hibiscus, Brunfelsias, Fuchsias
FEBRUARY - Hibiscus, Bouganvillea, Luculia
MARCH - Sasanqua Camellias, Hibiscus, Brunfelsias (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
APRIL - Sasanqua Camellias, Autumn foliage
MAY - Sasanqua Camellias, Autumn foliage, Azaleas, Daphne
JUNE - Japonica Camellias, Azaleas, Daphne
JULY - Japonica Camellias, Azaleas, Daphne, Prunus campanulata (Taiwan cherries), Reticulata Camellias, Michelia
AUGUST - Japonica Camellias, Reticulata Camellias, Azaleas, Michelia, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Pieris, Tulips
SEPTEMBER - Cedrela sinesis (Toon Trees), Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Acers (Maples), Flowering Cherries, Azaleas, Xeronema (Poor Knight's Lily), Clivias, Tulips
OCTOBER - Rhododendrons, Grevilleas, Proteas, Cedrela sinensis (Toon Trees), Xeronema (Poor Knight's Lily), Clivias, Talauma, Acers (Maples)
NOVEMBER - Pohutakawas, Hymenosporum, Water lilies, Grevilleas, Arthropodium (Reinga Lily), Brunfelsias (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
DECEMBER - Pohutakawas, Water lilies, Arthropodium (Reinga Lily), Fuschias, Brunfelsias (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
Public Holidays - Closure
Eden Garden and Cafe will be closed for the Christmas and New Year Period.
Closed to public Friday 24th December and re-open to public Thursday 6th January 2022.