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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Festival.


Welcome to the tenth biennial festival, in which we celebrate the beauty and diversity of both our Western Bay of Plenty gardens and the creativity of our artists.

We are excited to announce a new festival format, the most significant change being the festival’s four-day duration. All garden trail areas will be open from the Thursday through to the Sunday and one and four-day tickets will be available.

Ticket holders now have the ability to explore at their leisure, any of the wonderful array of gardens, on any part of the trail, on any of the four days. Ticket holders with only a day at their disposal will not be restricted to viewing specific areas as all will be open.

The Festival Hub is returning to The Lakes brimming with exciting displays, exhibitions, concept gardens and a cafe. The Festival Hub will again host entertaining, informative and inspirational sessions by horticultural experts and artists in the festival’s Burley Attwood Law Speaker & Workshop series.

Gardeners are very generous people; they’re generous with their souls, their seeds, their time and their knowledge. Thanks to the gardeners of our bountiful soil, we can bring to you a garden trail to savor, with many enhancing experiences along the way.

This year the high caliber of artists on the garden trail present a huge range of creative endeavours. These will be showcased not only in gardens, but also at art stops and other special, art- orientated events.

On behalf of the entire festival team we wish you a wonderful 10th anniversary festival full of enjoyment, indulgence and inspiration.

Julie and John 1

John Beech - Festival Director
Julie Eynon - Festival Business Manager

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