What’s On: Taranaki Garden Festival set to fully bloom November 1-10


Taranaki is fast becoming known internationally as the garden capital of New Zealand, which is fitting given it is home to one of NZ’s longest-running garden festivals. The 32nd Taranaki Garden Festival will see visitors flock to the region from 1-10 November 2019 for the annual garden event.

Over the ten days, thousands of people will experience some of New Zealand’s most unique award-winning gardens and parks, as well as enjoy an exciting mixture of free and paid events that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Waiongana. Photo: Jane Dove Juneau.

This year 40 gardens will participate in the garden festival, a delightful mixture of private and public gardens. Many of these gardens are acknowledged by New Zealand Gardens Trust as holding national and international importance, included also are several gardens with historical significance to the region. Garden highlights for the 2019 festival include Te Kainga Marire, the only private native garden sanctuary in New Zealand rated of international significance; and the historic Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth’s oldest public cemetery.

Tairoa Lodge. Photo: Jane Dove Juneau.

The Taranaki Garden Festival offers its visitors the experience to learn from the gardeners, attend workshops, tours, gala events and listen to celebrity speakers throughout its ten days. With an events programme that has been carefully curated, visitors can expect to not only enjoy the stunning gardens but the fantastic regional attractions and hospitality that Taranaki is becoming world renown for.

Hirst Cottage. Photo: Jane Dove Juneau.

Events to look forward to including Luncheon en Blanc with Kate Hillier, who hails from English horticultural royalty and is former Director of NZ Flower and Garden Show; tours and tastings with Forgotten 43 Brewing, gardens exhibiting art; a garden speaker series and many more!

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Tickets for the Taranaki Garden Festival can be found on the website www.gardenfestnz.co.nz or by contacting enquiries@gardenfestnz.co.nz

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