The Discovery Garden

The Wellington Botanic Garden recently redeveloped part of the gardens with the intention of creating an interactive learning experience for children. The resulting Discovery Garden is a fantastic, colourful area that is a testament to the team's vision. Concept were involved right from the conceptual stage, and worked closely with Council staff to manufacture and install the wide array of displays shown here.

The main entrance sign is cut from 4mm Corten steel and bonded to the timber fence. Corten weathers quickly into it's characteristic rusty finish, and then stabilises so that it doesn't continue to corrode. The effect is a rustic , permanent feature ideal for an outdoor situation such as the Discovery Garden.

Designed and manufactured by Concept, these brightly coloured tower displays create an eye-catching area which draw the kids in to read the information displayed on them.


Standing two metres tall, they are constructed with spray finished steel frames and printed aluminium graphic panels.

The Concept Sign & Display Ltd team  went the extra mile on this project for us as they interpreted conceptual designs into fabricated reality. The signage in the Discovery Garden Te Kaapuia O Waoku complements it’s structure and the plants and helps bring the garden to life. We look forward to continuing to work with the Concept team as the garden further evolves and develops.’


Many thanks


David Sole

Wellington Gardens Manager | Botanic | Wellington City Council


Hand painted lettering is something of a rarity in this technological age, but the reality is that in some situations it remains the best option for long lasting signage, as in the case of these examples.

These brightly painted steel and aluminium display plinths have interactive sliding panels allowing the children to learn as they play, and are constructed very robustly in order to withstand years of use.

The sponsors "pegs" are manufactured from various sized aluminium angle extrusions, and spray finished prior to the graphics being applied. They are mounted onto the concrete block wall using hidden fixing methods creating a unique display.  The black text is hand lettered - the best option for a situation such as this.

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