The Dunedin Chinese Garden has been designated a garden of
The New Zealand Gardens Trust, which is a branch of the Royal
New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, yesterday awarded the
classification, which is reserved for "outstanding gardens,
which have a distinct identity and character of their own".
Garden manager Margo Reid said the honour was "great news".
"The garden is very excited to be recognised in this way,"
Mrs Reid said yesterday.
"We think it confirms the garden's unique place in the
"The garden was built as a gift not only to the city, but to
the country," she said.
The trust said the designation reflected its confidence in
the Chinese Garden's presentation, design and plant interest
throughout the year.
"They came and did an assessment last year.
You apply for them to come and assess your garden.
They don't always give you a significance rating, though,"
Mrs Reid said.
"This will definitely put it on the map.
It's a bit like a Michelin Star for a restaurant. It means
there's a quality standard and that a certain criteria has
The Chinese Garden could now market its association with the
New Zealand Gardens Trust, Mrs Reid said.
"We will be celebrating the assessment with all our partners
in Shanghai who will, no doubt, be delighted to learn of this
honour," she said.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the recognition would increase
interest in the garden.
"National gardens are outstanding in most ways and have a
distinct identity of their own; a character that gives them
an edge," he said.
"We look forward to the garden management team taking full
advantage of the opportunities this represents."
Other Dunedin gardens recognised with national significance
are Glenfalloch and the Wylde Willow Garden in Abbotsford.
Larnach Castle and Dunedin Botanic Garden have been
designated gardens of international significance.