Welcome to a special garden full of secrets and surprises!
Get lost in Maui’s magical maze, get to know Keri the kereru, swelter in the desert, explore the misty rainforest – find out some great facts about plants on the way. Try our fun activity sheets to help you explore!
Learn how we are inter-connected as humans, plants, animals and insects on Earth. See this demonstrated in the relationship between New Zealand’s native wood pigeon – the kereru - and the native püriri tree. Dig for grubs and discover how a healthy soil is alive with both big and little organisms. Explore secret paths and experience at close-hand flowers, fruit and bird life.
Plants have amazing ways of adapting to different and difficult environments all over the world. Planted in a replica desert, a jungle, a meadow and a bog are weird and wonderful plants with quirky adaptations. Learn how cacti survive in dry deserts, how some plants eat insects and more!
In this garden we also demonstrate ways of collecting rain-water, growing living green roofs and treatment of stormwater – see the potential benefits of incorporating these sustainable solutions into your home garden or school.
School groups can provide their own self-guided programme or follow the curriculum based programme about the kereru and the püriri tree's relationship. At the centre of the garden is the education centre and model edible garden where school groups can have hands-on garden experience. Find out more about organising a school trip at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.