Why Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough is a must-do this November

New Zealand’s premier garden event is a springtime celebration of Marlborough’s stunning landscape, showcasing the very best the region has to offer with a range of garden tours, workshops and social events.

This year, Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough runs from 3-6 November 2022. Tickets on sale 25 July.

Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough, NZ’s premier garden event, was dreamt up by gardeners for gardeners. Celebrating Marlborough’s stunning landscape, it showcases the very best the region has to offer with a range of garden tours, workshops and social events.

Full and half day garden tours encompass everything from compact designer gardens in the heart of town to breath-taking country estates. Workshops provide the opportunity to brush up on skills and horticultural knowledge from the experts. International garden designer Paul Bangay will speak at this year’s event.

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The always popular Garden Party on the Saturday night is a chance to sip and mingle with speakers, guests and like-minded enthusiasts.

On Sunday is the STIHL Shop Garden Fête, entertainment for the whole family, over 200 stalls offering the best from New Zealand and a chance to kick off Christmas shopping.

With the stunning Marlborough Sounds on its doorstep, rugged mountain ranges, fertile plains and world class Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has a lot to offer – so stay for the whole weekend, or longer! Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough tickets go on sale from Monday, 25 July 2022. Visit gardenmarlborough.co.nz


International garden designer Paul Bangay will speak at this year’s event.

Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay is internationally renowned for creating enduring landscapes that exude a timeless, classical elegance with contemporary appeal.
From intimate courtyards to expansive country estates, Paul’s beautifully proportioned designs create both everyday spaces for us all, and grandly scaled landscapes for sumptuous escapism.

His iconic, polished style strikes a harmonious balance of clean formal lines with a softer palette of diverse planting that gently transitions a garden through the seasons.

Hearing Paul speak, or reading one of his numerous books, will no doubt leave one more knowledgeable, inspired, and perhaps keen to reinvent that neglected wee corner of the garden into a space of recuperative pleasure.


For garden lovers, people lovers and party lovers, the Garden Party is the chance to change out of your gumboots and walking shoes and into something more glamorous, and to meet some of our international and New Zealand speakers, garden owners and new and old Garden Marlborough friends.

Enjoy delicious Rapaura Springs wines matched with canapes, and music on the night from talented local musicians. The garden party is also an opportunity to see one of our treasured private gardens transformed into a night-time wonder. We promise it will amaze and inspire you!


One of Marlborough’s largest free community events, and a highlight in the event calendar, the STIHL Shop Garden Fete concludes the weekend and brings together a fabulous collection of plantspeople, artisan vendors and garden product stalls, offering a wide variety of high-quality items for the garden and gardener.

‘Eat Street’ will be packed with food stalls, offering something to suit every taste bud. Bring a picnic rug and find a quiet space alongside the stream or under a canopy of magnificent trees, to sit with friends and family and take in the special atmosphere on the day. Entertainment will include music from local artists and groups, and a kids’ activity trail around the park.

Located in Churchill Glade on Parker Street, inside the picturesque Pollard Park, the fete is an easy 10-15 minute walk from Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough HQ, and car parking is available at Marlborough Girls College close by.

For tickets and more information, visit gardenmarlborough.co.nz

NZ Life and Leisure This article first appeared in NZ Life & Leisure Magazine.
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