Sacred Blessing Sanctuary gets the most votes from Waiheke Island Garden Safari adventurers

A visitor takes a photo of a towering Paul Dibble sculpture in Sacred Blessing Sanctuary.
GEORGE GARDNER

A visitor takes a photo of a towering Paul Dibble sculpture in Sacred Blessing Sanctuary.

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.

Jassy Dean Trust chairman Greg Dean presents Sacred Blessing Sanctuary head gardener Alan Smith with the People's Choice ...
GEORGE GARDNER

Jassy Dean Trust chairman Greg Dean presents Sacred Blessing Sanctuary head gardener Alan Smith with the People's Choice Helen Routledge Trophy.

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.

Visitors take their time to meander through the stunning one-acre winning garden during Waiheke Island Garden Safari weekend.
GEORGE GARDNER

Visitors take their time to meander through the stunning one-acre winning garden during Waiheke Island Garden Safari weekend.

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."

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