GARDEN TOURS ARE PART OF THE FESTIVAL
This year’s Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular is going greener than ever.
Dates: 30 October - 8 November 2015Locations: Taranaki wideEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 06-759 8412Website: www.gardenfestnz.comThere’s a theme around sustainability, organics and taking things back to basics at this year's festival.
This is reflected in events such as Kath Irvine’s The Abundant Vegie Patch Workshop, Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands’ No Nasty Chemicals presentation and Home Made with celebrity chef Simon Gault, who is into healthy food.
In the speaker series, Jodi Roebuck Seed Keeper will show people around his bio-intensive property at Omata, and there are also talks on bees and bee-keeping and monarch butterflies.
Jodi’s place is one of seven new gardens in New Zealand’s premiere spring festival, which runs from October 30 to November 8.
The six other new properties are the Palmer Garden at Hawera, KenKora at Opunake, Manganui at Inglewood, Te Puke Awa at Lepperton, plus Hilltop Vista and Holyoake Garden, both in New Plymouth.
These natural creations are spread around Taranaki and vary greatly in styles, from sub-tropical to traditional gardens in rural settings.
In total, there are 47 open gardens in the 28th annual festival, which has a variety of events, including two tours of Chapman-Taylor homes.
Many gardeners in the festival plan to expand visitors’ experiences by providing food, having pop up shops, displaying artworks and one gardener is even opening the family home for people to see.
There are also events about dressing up. Frocks on Bikes is an outing that encourages women to decorate their cycles and themselves. Owner of Et Vous, Kate Macfarlane, has been inspired by New Zealand’s fashion week and is organising a fashion session called She Who Walks in the Theatre Royal.
This year’s annual spring festival will be like no other.
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