Tulips Wellington Botanic GardensFriends of the Wellington Botanic Garden were joined last month by past and present garden staff members and volunteers to celebrate 150 years since the establishment of the Garden. Nikau Foundation will be managing the new Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden Endowment Fund, which was officially launched at the event.

The Garden has 25-hectares of specialised plant collections, colourful botanic displays, unique landscapes, protected native forest and stunning views over Wellington City. It is visited by 1.2 million people each year, and has been recognised as an important heritage area by the Historic Places Trust.

The Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden Endowment Fund will support the range of activities in which the Friends have been associated for many years – hosting events, arranging lectures, functions and displays of historic and heritage interest, maintaining a register of the Memorials, and assisting Garden Management with a variety of Garden projects.Girl admiring Magnolia Blossoms in Wellington Botanic Garden (1951)1951