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Who we are

Who we are

Eden Garden Society is a non profit charity. We are not part of the Council nor owned privately.  All donations that the garden and cafe receive is reinvested back in to the running and maintenance of Eden Garden. 


In 1964 a farsighted horticulturalist, Jack Clark, with 15 fellow enthusiasts, took on the daunting challenge of converting an old, abandoned, rubbish-filled quarry into the world-class garden it is today.  The quarry on the site of one of Auckland's forty volcanic cones, had supplied stone for the early development of the city.  It had been purchased by a city businessman, Sir Frank Mappin, as an addition to his neighbouring estate, which he eventually donated to the Crown as the site for Government House.  The quarry site was not required and it passed to The Eden Garden Society for development.  Many years of back-breaking work followed, emptying the quarry of old abandoned trucks and cars and decades of rubbish, bringing in tons of soil, all done by the core of volunteers. 


Our General Manager is Jacqueline Jones.  Jacqueline's team covers the Front of House reception, back office administration, cafe staff and gardening - a small team of employees and volunteers. She is your main point of contact for Eden Garden Memorials.

Karen Macy - Accounts and Administration
Natalia Froud - Reception, Administration and Bookings Coordinator
Roslyn Johnson - Reception, Shop and Membership
Mike Tuck - Lead Gardener
Brendon Collings - Gardener
Steve Barnett - Gardener

Cafe Team

Bibin Thomas - Cafe Supervisor
Lua Tatafu - Front of House
Chi Nguyen - Front of House
Samantha Beddell - Chef
HIRING - TBC - Weekend Cook
Michael Fasi - Dishwasher/Kitchen Hand


We have a group of committed volunteers who make up the Executive Committee and Office team who support the General Manager and employees.