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

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