Gardeners are being warned their popular pastime is under threat, as urban housing encroaches on green spaces.
The Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture says it's crucial that existing gardening areas are maximised and more are created.
They say it's particularly important with the demise of the quarter-acre section, and the increase in high density housing in Auckland.
The institute believe recreational gardening is a very important facet of our Kiwi lifestyle, but if we're not careful, we'll lose it.
National Gardening Week starts tomorrow.
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