Gardens cultivate art

Sculpture in the Gardens, celebrating its 10th birthday at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, has truly carved itself a place in the heart of art and garden lovers.

A creative and intriguing mix of ‘nature and nurture’, this biennial event again goes beyond the exhibition of arts works.

There are tours, workshops, family activities and competitions during the almost three-month event which comes to an end next month on February 25.

Showcasing works from a selection of the country’s leading sculptors, it is free to visit and is intended to provoke visitors into thinking more deeply about the plants around them whilst also respecting gardening as an art form.

Visited by hundreds of thousands of people, who appreciate the way these stunning works enhance the natural beauty of the gardens, most of the sculptures can be viewed from paths, or flat ground. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs can be borrowed (free) from the visitor centre.

Event manager, Kim Stretton also reminds visitors to check out the indoor exhibition where past and present sculptors have been invited to participate.

“These [additional] works are exquisite, and are all available for the public to purchase,” she says. “Once again, everyone involved has does an amazing job bringing a first class exhibition to Auckland.”