Pop-up gardens

An Enliven Places project is enabling three community-designed pop-up gardens to be located in Cathedral Square over the upcoming 2018/19 summer season.

We received a number of great submissions for pop-up gardens and you helped us decide which three should be delivered through a public vote. 

Three gardens have popped up in Cathedral Square for the summer season. 

Winning pop-up gardens



Designer: GEDES Studio

Delivered by: Greening the Rubble

Sponsored by: Evergreen Landscapes

Location: Outside Turanga Library

Description: Noodlescape invites you to explore an oasis of vivid colour and nature.

This vibrant contemporary garden is a playful and fun addition to Cathedral Square. 

Stained Glass Garden

Stained Glass

Designed and delivered by: Tamsin Harrington and Dirk Visser

Sponsored by: Rough and Milne Landscape Architects

With support from: Avon Dickie Construction and All Steel Fabrication

Location: Cathedral Square near Press Lane

Description: Wander through the stained glass garden and enjoy the surrounding lush green forest of native and colourful plantings.

This design takes inspiration from surrounding architecture to create a pop-up garden for all to enjoy.

Time to Heal

Time to Heal

Designed by: Avonhead School supported by Katherine Booker

Sponsored and delivered by: Grounds and Services Limited

Location: Cathedral Square opposite Turanga Library

Description: Take time out of your busy day to rest and heal in this pop-up garden.

The garden is surrounded with healing plants used in rongoā Māori and other traditional medicines.

Pop-up garden process


The pop-up garden process

Request for proposals

Request for proposals – (Complete)

We asked for designs for small pop-up gardens for Cathedral Square. We received a number of quality submissions that showcased the communities creativity and vision for public spaces. 

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes (Complete)

All the proposals were evaluated by a review panel to make sure they are achievable and appropriate. 


Vote (completed)

The top six designs as selected by our review panel were available for the public to vote on. Over 2,000 people had their say on which three they would like to see in Cathedral Square. 


Delivery – 13 November to 11 December

The winning applicants have just over four weeks and $8000 to build and install their designs with the support of key industry partners.

Enjoy and visit

Enjoy and visit – December 2018 to early April 2019

Come and check out the designs you voted on from mid-December in Cathedral Square.