We have a small and dedicated team which includes our Visitor Services Officers, Volunteers, Gardener and Manager.
Margo Reid - Manager
This Garden is a mystery and an open book all at one time. I love the stories it tells and its hidden corners. Managing such a city treasure is both an honour and a challenge – and best of all it educates me every single day.
Ute Keck - Visitor Services Officer
Every corner of the garden has something special and with every season the garden changes its face. I love the garden! It makes me feel like being in China. The most I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and seeing them being fascinated by the garden’s beauty and its unique atmosphere.
Shiori Nishida - Visitor Services Officer
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is such a special space for me. Located in the heart of Dunedin, stepping into it is like entering a different world of peace and reflection. It’s amazing architecture--windows, arches, pagodas--frames the garden and the pond in so many different ways.
Sunny days are beautiful, of course, but I also love to watch raindrops falling on the water. No matter what the weather, these gardens have their own distinct charm.
Li Wang - Visitor Services Officer
The garden and its ever changing face never ceases to fascinate me. I love the peace and inspiration I find in the garden. Working here is a great privilege and of course the joy of meeting people from all around the world is just another plus.
Emma Lowe - Visitor Services Officer
The Dunedin Chinese Garden remained a mystery to me until I came to work here. Today though, I find it the most peaceful, friendly place in the world to work and to meet people from all around the world. You can’t imagine it until you’ve sat in the Heart of the Lake Pavilion, and seen the stunning reflections of the mountain, waterfall, bridges and buildings that change with every passing day and night. It’s like our very own piece of heaven.
Theresa Peng - Volunteer
I like the whole garden because it is connected with my culture. I feel it is very familiar; it is a typical classical Chinese Garden. Most important, I like the people I work with.
Jean Millar - Volunteer
I like it here because it’s beautiful. I enjoy meeting the people and sharing the beauty of the area with them. Volunteering at the garden gives me a great interest.
Ian Melvin - Gardener
The autumn colours are starting to show in the garden. My favourite place in the garden in autumn is the southern courtyard, where a variety of different chrysanthemums in pots are grouped together. In the same courtyard the potted Liriope Muscari is in flower, alongside the Chinese red pine make an interesting foil for the chrysanthemum display, catching the eye through the lattice windows as you pass along the passage to the outside of the courtyard.