Sacred Blessing Sanctuary gets the most votes from Waiheke Island Garden Safari adventurers
A Waiheke Island garden strewn with stunning flowers, manicured lawns, a pretty pond, areas for contemplation and incredible sculptures has taken out the Jassy Dean Trust People's Choice Award for the second time.
Sacred Blessing Sanctuary won the Waiheke Island Garden Safari's Helen Routledge Trophy in 2011 and head gardener Alan Smith was presented with the award again on Sunday night, at a function for volunteers and garden owners.
The fifteenth annual fundraiser for sick children, on November 7 and 8 saw sales of around 1300 tickets, up 150 from last year.
While the total amount raised is still being tallied, the safari's sister event, the Waiheke Art in the Garden at Pie Melon Bay, netted $30,000 – double the proceeds of last year's event.
Massive Plant Sale co-ordinator Geoff Bullock says proceeds from the two day event at Rangihoua Estate are "knocking on $27,000".
A further $2000 was raised at the safari's Sundowner in Kauaroa Bay and $1500 was donated by organisers of a WaiTalks event at Uma Rapiti Farm at Park Point.
Jassy Dean Trust chairman Greg Dean says the weekend means a huge amount to the garden owners, the trust, and to the children of Waiheke Island who are the recipients.
"This year we have already given out $31,000.
"It's a fantastic achievement for this community."