About the Festival
The Heroic Gardens Festival was established to raise funds for Auckland City Mission’s Herne Bay House which provided care and respite for people with HIV/AIDS. For 16 years it showcased gay and lesbian-owned gardens and the garden creators. The Festival now includes gardens created by both the GLBT community and other supporters of Hospice. Herne Bay House has since closed.
A major feature of the Festival is that the owners/creators of the gardens are present for visitors to talk to and answer questions.
Each year the Festival includes a selection of NEW gardens along with a changing mix of modern and traditional gardens which have appeared in previous years.
Supporting Mercy Hospice Auckland
Over $900,000 has been raised for local charities since the Festival’s inception. In 2015 around $110,000 net profit was raised for Mercy Hospice Auckland and Hospice North Shore.
Proceeds from the 2018 Festival will go to Mercy Hospice Auckland. Mercy Hospice is a registered charity providing compassionate, specialist care to people who are dying, while supporting their families and whanau through the loss of a loved one. Hospices care for the whole person – their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.
For more information visit Mercy Hospice Auckland