Rose Thodey

About Rose Thodey

Rose Thodey is a freelance garden writer and author of several gardening books. She lives and gardens in Freemans Bay, Auckland, and travels whenever she can to see beautiful, inspiring gardens. Currently Chairperson of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (, Rose was also behind the inaugural Auckland Garden DesignFest 2011, visit

Stunning designer gardens at Auckland Garden DesignFest 2015

If you have been thinking of visiting New Zealand, don’t miss this one-off opportunity to see the work of some of our top designers in private gardens that bring out the best of Auckland’s iconic landscape. From the famous volcanic cones throughout the city to the backdrop of sea and harbour in the spectacular Hauraki Gulf, you will come away entranced. Continue reading

Garden tour of Great Barrier Island, NZ

Last year I overdid it, positively gorged myself, on garden travel. But just after enjoying a wonderful weekend at the Melbourne Garden DesignFest in the middle of November, there was one more tour that couldn’t be missed. For the last couple of years, three friends and I have headed off to Great Barrier Island, just off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand, for their superbly organised ‘Spectacular by Nature’ Garden Tour. Continue reading