Pop-up gardens

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

The following winners were selected through a public vote. The gardens were installed in locations around Cathedral Square for the summer season. Two gardens have now been removed but you can still visit Stained Glass Garden!

Winning pop-up gardens



Designer: GEDES Studio

Delivered by: Greening the Rubble

Sponsored by: Evergreen Landscapes

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

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: This garden has been gifted to Avonhead School

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.


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 (Complete)

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.