Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens is located on beautiful Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, a 35 minute ferry trip from downtown Auckland, New Zealand. Waiheke Island has become popular for its vineyards, restaurants, beaches and walking tracks, and is a prominent New Zealand tourist destination.
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens is located in Enclosure Bay on the northern side of Waiheke Island. It is a two acre garden surrounded on two sides by McKenzie Reserve, a twelve acre regenerating native reserve. The property was originally four separate properties, the first was purchased in December 2000. The garden started from small beginnings with a vegetable patch and grew with no plan to what it is now. Between 2014 & 2017 it was extensively re-landscaped.
A collection of Paul Dibble bronze sculptures were added in 2015. Over the past two decades Paul Dibble has emerged as a significant figure in New Zealand sculpture. His bronze works are eagerly sought after locally and with his successful commission of the New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial in London (2006), Dibble has gained an increasingly strong international following.
The garden has been landscaped to allow for plenty of plant diversity, including a tropical garden, woodland garden of camellias and magnolias, tropical rhododendron (vireya) garden, rose garden, fern garden, Japanese inspired garden and herb garden with vegetable plantings and orchard.
Waiheke Island has a history of being a very challenging environment to establish a garden because of its poor soil conditions being predominately clay with minimal topsoil, coastal winds laden with salt spray and long dry summers with little rain. Pushing the boundary of plant diversity in this challenging landscape is something we strive for.
November 2015 marked our opening to the public for private guided tours.
Thursday, 30 November 2017 The New Zealand Flower and Garden Show have a garden tour organised to visit Waiheke Island and are including Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens in their tour. See NZFGS What's On for info and tickets.
PREVIOUS PUBLIC EVENTS
November 2017 The Waiheke Garden Festival hosted a fundraising Garden Party with gardening guru Lynda Hallinan and canapes by award winning cookbook author Julie Biuso from Shared Kitchen in our beautiful garden.
February 2017 Waiheke Island Art Gallery hosted a fundraising Garden Party Zoomed in on Paul Dibble.
November 2016 The Waiheke Garden Safari hosted a private garden tour as part of their Xanthe White fundraising luncheon. As part of their annual fundraising event for the Jassy Dean Trust, caring for sick children on Waiheke.
November 2015 Waiheke Island Garden Safari, a fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust. Winner of the People's Choice Award.
November 2011 Waiheke Island Garden Safari, a fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust. Winner of the People's Choice Award.
October 2017 Shared Kitchen Award winning cookbook author Julie Biuso shares her visit to Sacred Blessing Sanctuary Gardens before the upcoming November 2017 Waiheke Island Garden Festival fundraising Garden Party.
March 2016 NZ Gardener, Garden of the Week: Sacred Blessing Sanctuary, Waiheke Island (by Carol Bucknell).
March 2016 NZ Herald, The Secret Garden(by Jane Jeffries)
November 2015 Waiheke Marketplace, Sacred Blessing Sanctuary gets the most votes from Waiheke Island Garden Safari (by George Gardner)