Hamilton Gardens, NZ, has added an impressive new vertical garden to its ‘Fantasy Gardens Collection‘.
Part of the fabulous new Tropical Garden, the vertical garden has more than 6,000 pockets holding more than 200 different species of lush tropical-style plants, including orchids, bromeliads and aloes. Species have been carefully selected for their ability to grow well in the more temperate Waikato climate.
Tropical Garden construction began back in 2011. The vertical garden is attached to a new block wall that winds its way through the centre of the garden, overlooking a large pool.
The main challenge in maintaining the Hamilton Gardens vertical garden is to keep it well watered using a complex drip irrigation system, and to protect it during frosty conditions, with an automated frost protection system.
Hamilton Gardens is owned by Hamilton City Council, and it brings more than 1 million visitors to the city every year, contributing $8.5 million NZD to the city’s economy. The new Tropical Garden has been funded by WEL Energy Trust, The Lion Foundation and Foster Construction.