The Heroic Gardens Festival was established to raise funds for Auckland City Mission’s Herne Bay House which provided care and respite for people with HIV/AIDS. For 16 years it showcased gay and lesbian-owned gardens and the garden creators. The Festival now includes gardens created by both the GLBT community and other supporters of Hospice. Herne Bay House has since closed.
A major feature of the Festival is that the owners/creators of the gardens are present for visitors to talk to and answer questions.
Each year the Festival includes a selection of NEW gardens along with a changing mix of modern and traditional gardens which have appeared in previous years.