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  SeaLink Jassy Dean Garden Safari

AddressOur postal address is: Jassy Dean Trust PO Box 804, Oneroa Waiheke Island, Auckland
RegionWaiheke Island
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Phone64 (09) 372-7106
Contact PersonChairman Greg Dean
HoursThe 2010 festival is now over and we will have a new date for 2011 soon.
Garden SizeEach garden varies in size, check your programme.
PriceTickets for 2010 will be $30.00 with an ‘Early Bird’ special of $25.00 for all tickets purchased by 5pm on Monday 25th October (Labour Weekend) Tickets can be purchased from 15 October at Sealink Half Moon Bay and Kennedy Point, Paper Plus Waiheke, Central Landscape & Garden Supplies Ellerslie, Kings Plant Barn Howick, Kings Plant Barn Remuera and Fullers at Matiatia. Earlier ticket purchases can be made on-line at or
Brochure Available?Yes we can post a programme out to you.
ParkingOn street parking only for each garden.
ToiletsCheck the programme for those gardens that have toilet facilities available.
Food AvailableCheck the programme for those gardens that have food facilities available.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingThere is out door seating in most gardens.
PicnicsYou are welcome to enjoy your own picnic in the gardens.
Wheelchair AccessPlease check the programme for wheel chair access to each garden.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs allowed on the properties thank you.
Children AllowedChildren are free up to the age of 14 years.
AccommodationCheck the web site for accommodation packages.
WeddingsCheck with the individual garden owners as to garden weddings through out the year.
Plant/Other SalesA variety of goodies and gourmet treats will be available for purchase and local wines and olive oils will be offered for both tasting and purchase. Following on the popularity of previous years we continue the massive Plant Sale at Rangihoua Estate where you will find a range of plants at fabulous prices. Entry into the Plant Sale is free to everyone... come and fill your car boot.
Guided ToursNo guided tours however the garden owners will be on hand to answer your queries.
Function center?No
Other FacilitiesWatch this space for details on what else will be on offer over the 2010 SeaLink Jassy Dean Garden Safari weekend!

And for extra entertainment local musicians will be performing at selected gardens, a variety of goodies and gourmet treats will be available for purchase and local wines and olive oils will be offered for both tasting and purchase – something for everyone!”


The Garden

We are immensely proud to present, for the enjoyment of all New Zealanders and international visitors, our Waiheke Island gardens.
The Garden Safari began in 2001, attracting approximately 350 guests and raising around $5,000. Nine years of the Safari has seen good growth each year, and in that time we have hosted around 8,000 guests through approximately 100 gardens and raised in excess of $145,000.00 to support sick Waiheke children and their families.

Last year 1800 visitors enjoyed the Safari, which contributed an amazing total of $50,000 to the Trust's work on the island.

The Gardener

I have lived on Waiheke since 1987, raising 4 daughters. In that time I have established a small architectural and building consultancy business which I continue to operate. On 16 April 1992 our eldest daughter, Jassy, fell ill and died from meningococcal meningitis. Resulting from my gratitude of the support from the Waiheke community to my family during that time, I began looking for volunteers to establish a network that supported sick children on Waiheke. On 8th April 1994 the Jassy Dean Trust, consisting of 9 trustees, was formally accepted as an Incorporated Society and has continued to operate continuously since.
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1. “Matiatia Grove”, 61 Church Bay Rd, Oneroa John and Margaret Edwards Planting with natives began in 1991 to provide shelter on our challenging, exposed and kikuyu covered hilltop site. This was followed closely by the olive grove that has expanded over the years to around 2,000 trees.
2. “High Rising”, 18 Mako St, Oneroa Neil Hefford and Charlotte Parkes. Four years ago our garden was a weedy hill backing onto the Atawhai Whenua Reserve. Today, make your way through the orchard to an Italian-style terraced garden with an abundance of roses and scented perennials bounded by lavender and bay hedges which we have created with invaluable help from Lindsay Hutton.
This celebratory 10th year we are thrilled to be working again with SeaLink as our principal Garden Safari sponsor….a wonderful partnership with wonderful opportunities for continued Safari growth. And SeaLink is offering you great savings with their 2010 Garden Safari Hot Deal - travel to the Island bringing your own car and save! Check out SeaLink’s HOT deals or phone (09) 300 5900 for transport options
9. 31 Valley Rd, Rocky Bay Pat Eddy and Glen Horspool This half-acre garden, close to the sea, is the satisfying result of over a decade of hard work by owners Pat and Glen. Palms and large natives are underplanted with bromeliads, strelitzia, agaves and other subtropicals set around lawns and interesting pathways. In addition there are productive fruit trees and vegetable beds.
10. 6 McMillan Rd, Rocky Bay Brett and Suzanne Boyle Recently transformed into a subtropical oasis this compact garden features palms, bromeliads and other subtropicals. Cleverly arranged outdoor seating allows full appreciation of attractive views of sea and bush. Also featured is a highly productive, easily managed vegetable plot. Take in the inspirational water features and garden art.
4. 179 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa Rick Culmer and Judy Taylor The house and garden, established in the mid 1970s were completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2007. The front and back areas are linked by a walkway and a small courtyard. We have continued the theme of natives to complement the beautiful mature Puriri, and the Totara Trees. The north-facing lawn, decking and spa area boasts wide views over Oneroa Bay and beyond, and is where we enjoy Alfresco Dining. The low maintenance planting sets off our urban coastal position.
The Jassy Dean Trust has been supporting sick Waiheke Island children since 1994, two years after our teenage daughter, Jassy, died from Meningococcal Meningitis. I believed that something positive could come from the tragedy of Jassy’s death. In gratitude of the love and assistance that my family and I received from the Waiheke community during that time of grief I began researching the idea of providing a permanent support network for sick Waiheke children and their families
5. 23 Newton Rd, Oneroa Alan and Heather Smith Following a major renovation of the home in 2007 we started with a clean slate (mud and clay) in Jan 2008. We retained a few fruit trees and little else. New to retirement and gardening on Waiheke Island the garden became Alan’s “retirement project”.
6. “Moanavista”, 44 Queens Drive, Oneroa Tim Kennedy and Matthew Moran Take your time and enjoy a stroll through our garden … an established one, with a Mediteranean flavour – including abundant seaviews and terraced landscape. Many of the plants are drought tolerant, proven last summer as no watering was done - only a few casualties being the odd Grisilinea and Hebe. Hibiscus, roses, lavendars and citrus provide colour overseen by larger established fruit trees, Magnolia, Flame Tree and exotic Pepper Trees.
8. “Jasa Vineyard”, 119 Wilma Rd, Surfdale Jason and Poppy (Sarah) Judkins We started developing our garden about 4 years ago. The style of the house, designed by my father, lent itself to formal garden plantings and hard landscaping. However I have always loved potagers and cottage gardens so a couple of years ago I convinced Jason to bring in the digger to terrace some raised vegetable beds with lots of space for flowers and fruit trees.
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