Exhibition to celebrate Pukeiti and rhododendrons

Pukeiti’s landscape, history, flora and conservation are being showcased at a new exhibition at Puke Ariki.

The exhibition features 10 paintings by renowned botanical artist Susan Worthington, video from the gardens, interactive displays and a copy of a book from the 1850s by Joseph Hooker, the man who introduced rhododendrons to British and New Zealand gardens.

Opening on September 14 in the Lane Gallery, Pukeiti – The Living Museum is a collaboration between Puke Ariki and the Taranaki Regional Council.

Running alongside the exhibition is a chance to name a new hybrid rhododendron and win an overnight stay in the Family Hut in the rainforest in Pukeiti.

Entrants need to find a secret word at Puke Ariki and TRC’s Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens to unlock a ‘secret code’.

This is submitted in a Pukeiti Passport visitors can pick up from the Taranaki Research Centre in Puke Ariki along with a name for a new species of Pukeiti rhododendron.

To enter, head to www.nameavireya.nz.