Garden Safari a Huge Success again for 2014!

The Jassy Dean Trust is a registered charitable trust that has been supporting sick Wai­heke children and their families since 1994.

Since 2001 the Jassy Dean Trust has been organising a Garden Safari event, where keen home horticulturists, and people who love looking at other people’s gardens, visit a range of gardens on the island as a fundraiser for the work they do.

Money raised goes towards the work of JDT, which is to support the families of sick children on the island.

The 2014 Garden Safari, which wound up this evening, was a huge Success!

Trust Chair Greg Dean addresses the assembled hosts and volunteers at Rangihoua.

Trust Chair Greg Dean addresses the assembled hosts and volunteers at Rangihoua.

At the Garden Safari after party thank you drinks Jassy Dean Trust Chair Greg Dean thanked the volunteers, garden hosts and all involved in the weekend as well as announcing the winner of the best garden 2014!

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This year there were 13 Gardens, and over 100 visitors over the weekend! As well as selling tickets to visit the gardens,
The Garden Safari raises money for the trust in a number of ways:

  • Ticket sales to visit the gardens
  • An Art Auction
  • Plant sales hosted at Rangihoua
  • and from this year a ‘Sundowner Garden’.
Over 5000 plants were sold over the weekend, raising approximately $23,500 for the work of the trust!
The Sundowner Garden event was a new addition this year, and one that will be kept up!

It was a garden open in the evening. Open to all ticket holders, and with extra door sales of $10 brought over 200 people to the garden of Cath Hanley, with cocktails proving very popular! It was succesful well beyond expectation and one that the trust will be looking to expand upon in years to come!

So who was the winning garden this year?
Penny and Ray Erickson accept the Helen Routledge trophy for 2014. Named in honour of a late Jassy Dean trustee.

Penny and Ray Erickson accept the Helen Routledge trophy for 2014. Named in honour of a late Jassy Dean trustee.

The Jassy Dean Trust does a huge amount of work on the island, and Greg Dean informed the assembled 200 applications to the trust in the last 12 months. A lot for a small community, but he reminded us, as most of us know, this island is a community that cares, and almost like a family.

Greg told us of how young Waiheke Islander Kavanna Jade had succeeded in her ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation request for a holiday to the Gold Coast and announced that the Jassy Dean trust was putting in $1000 for spending money, and pointed to a wishing well where others could put in too.

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