Protecting our precious native plants
The growth of the human population and increasing consumption is the main cause of species extinction. Can our efforts to live more sustainably and protect biodiveristy turn this trend around? New Zealand is a global biodiversity hotspot because most of our flora and fauna only occur here. It is our responsibility to ensure they are protected and enhanced. One third of our native plants are considered threatened or uncommon. Why have we nearly lost them? You’ll find some out some of the problems and solutions in this garden.
All the threatened plants in this garden are from the Auckland and Northland regions. We have reproduced their habitats and associated flora in miniature. As you walk around and across the lake discover wetlands, offshore islands, lowland forests, lava fields, salt-marsh and dunes. These are not ornamental gardens - they are planted and maintained as far as possible to mimic nature. One threatened species is highlighted in each of these habitats. Learn its story and what we can do to help.
Visit the island replicated in the lake where two of the rarest plants in the world Pennantia baylisiana and Tecomanthe speciosa grow. There is only one of each of these plants surviving in the wild on Manawatawhi (part of the Three Kings Islands). Botanist Geoff Baylis found both these threatened plants on the same day in 1945. Their populations were devastated by goats, now long gone, and this discovery saved these plants from certain extinction just in the nick of time. Tecomanthe is now a widely used vine in home and civic gardens.