Garden Festival line-up blooms into life

Fabulous flowers, undulating landscapes, and award-winning parks will take centre stage at this year’s Taranaki Garden Festival.

The line-up for the festival was revealed on Thursday night and it includes a mix of some of New Zealand’s most unique and inspiring gardens, alongside a selection of events throughout Taranaki.

Festival manager Tetsu Garnett said this was the 32nd Taranaki Garden Festival and she was thrilled with the full programme of 40 gardens and the collection of events.

“This year’s festival is absolutely a spring celebration of Taranaki’s
glorious gardens,” she said.

“We’ve put together a stunning events schedule, packing in so much for you to see for the 10 days right around the mountain.”

La Vie en Rose in Eltham is back in the festival after having a rest year. It featured in the Art in Garden category, showcasing photography from Mark Bellringer

Among the line-up is gardening royalty Kate Hillier, who is hosting Luncheon en Blanc at Tairoa Lodge, a children’s safari treasure hunt, guest speakers, workshops, exhibiting artists, brewing and tasting tours, and the garden gala event the Mitre 10 – Flora and Fauna.

“There are so many highlights to see and something for everyone,” Garnett said.

Last year there were more than 50,000 visits to festival gardens, and this year 40 of the region’s most stunning gardens will participate in the festival.

The Environmental Garden is featured for the first time in the festival. It is one of South Taranaki’s established riparian planting success stories.
Photo by Jane Dove Juneau

Taranaki has the highest number of gardens recognised by the New Zealand Garden Trust, and 13 of those are featured in the 2019 festival, including Te Kainga Marire and Puketarata Garden.

  • Taranaki Garden Festival runs from November 1 to 10, and is presented by TAFT and supported by TSB Community Trust, Venture Taranaki, NPDC and South Taranaki District Council. For the full line-up you can visit the festival website.