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Welcome to the New Zealand Garden & Art Festival, 2014

This is our ninth biennial festival celebrating the beauty and diversity of our Western Bay of Plenty region’s gardens and the variety and creativity of our artists.

This year our festival activity focuses on and fans out from the festival hub, The Lakes Expo Pavilion. Not only will you find exciting displays and exhibitions, and a café but also all the information you need to embrace everything this festival has to offer. The breakfast speakers make it your ideal kick off point for the festival, and the place to come to for interesting sessions by entertainingly expert gardeners and artists.  

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, our warm sunny climate, we bring you a Garden Trail to savour, with many enhancing experiences. Art work representing a huge range of creative endeavor will not only show in gardens but in Artstops along the trail and in other special art orientated events.

The Sculpture Symposium this year moves to the Mount Maunganui waterfront and has attracted even more talent than our inaugural event in 2012. Other exciting events and exhibitions are outlined in this festival guide.

On behalf of the entire festival team I wish you a wonderful week of indulging and enjoying.

John Beech

Festival Director.