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HIKOI Garden Tours is a small landscape tourism venture, run by Ian Henderson and Penny Cliffin (see below). We offer inspirational journeys for garden enthusiasts and landscape professionals, overseas and in NZ.  We focus on gardens, art and architecture in their local context.

 

We research gardens and their contexts thoroughly to make our tours informative. Our itineraries will give you insight into the gardens of significance, historical and contemporary, both for that particular culture and in an international sense.

 

Our academic background and experience allow us to fulfil professional development requirements for professional organisations.

 

Our tours are affordable, well organised, but not overly prescribed. We think tourism should enhance local communities and not be overly resource hungry.

 

Penny and Ian are passionate and knowledgable about gardens and enthusiastic about creating journeys to share with you. We want you to return home enthusiastic, having a sense of accomplishing a lot, and feeling truly enriched.

 

ABOUT US

Ian Henderson About | Landscape Design | Garden Tours

Ian Henderson

 

BA, GDHE, DLDes, ProfAccredGDSNZ

Penny Cliffin | About | Landscape Design | Garden Tours

Penny Cliffin

 

MAppSc and BHortSc, GDHE, ProfAccredGDSNZ

Ian is a founding member of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ), the current Secretary to the Accreditation Board, and an accredited academic member of the Society.

 

From his wide ranging academic background, practice as a garden designer and 18 years teaching practice he has developed an extensive knowledge of garden history. Research interests include the temporal aspects of gardens, the cultural place of landscapes and Japanese dry raked (karesansui) gardens.

 

Other professional activities: Founding member and Auckland Council advisory board member for the Friends of the Fukuoka Friendship Garden, member of Master Landscapers of NZ, judge at Home & Garden Shows and Pacific Flora in Japan; Unitec Faculty Teaching and Learning and Maori Advisory Committees.

 

 

Penny is the current president and a founding member of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ) and is an accredited academic member of the Society.

 

From her degree in Horticulture, practice as a garden designer and over 20 years lecturing Penny brings an extensive plant knowledge to the trip agendas. She has a strong interest in urban trees and their role in cities.

 

Other professional activities: Fellow of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture; Member of the Masters Landscapers NZ and Judge for their Biennial Awards; Judge at the Ellerslie and NZ Flower and Garden Shows; Member of the Tree Council NZ, Forest and Bird and the International Dendrology Society; Tour guide for Auckland Garden DesignFest bus tours, and guided tree walks for the Tree Council.

 

 

 

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Ian Henderson About | Landscape Design | Garden Tours

Ian Henderson

 

BA, GDHE, DLDes, ProfAccredGDSNZ

 

 

 

Ian is a founding member of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ), the current Secretary to the Accreditation Board, and an accredited academic member of the Society.

 

From his wide ranging academic background, practice as a garden designer and 18 years teaching practice he has developed an extensive knowledge of garden history. Research interests include the temporal aspects of gardens, the cultural place of landscapes and Japanese dry raked (karesansui) gardens.

 

Other professional activities: Founding member and Auckland Council advisory board member for the Friends of the Fukuoka Friendship Garden, member of Master Landscapers of NZ, judge at Home & Garden Shows and Pacific Flora in Japan; Unitec Faculty Teaching and Learning and Maori Advisory Committees.

 

 

Penny Cliffin | About | Landscape Design | Garden Tours

Penny Cliffin

 

MAppSc and BHortSc, GDHE, ProfAccredGDSNZ

 

 

Penny is the current president and a founding member of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand (GDSNZ) and is an accredited academic member of the Society.

 

From her degree in Horticulture, practice as a garden designer and over 20 years lecturing Penny brings an extensive plant knowledge to the trip agendas. She has a strong interest in urban trees and their role in cities.

 

Other professional activities: Fellow of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture; Member of the Masters Landscapers NZ and Judge for their Biennial Awards; Judge at the Ellerslie and NZ Flower and Garden Shows; Member of the Tree Council NZ, Forest and Bird and the International Dendrology Society; Tour guide for Auckland Garden DesignFest bus tours, and guided tree walks for the Tree Council.