Garden & Art Trail

Gardening is indisputably an art form. A garden plot can be considered an individual piece of art with a tale to tell of inspirational urges and labours of love that culminate in sensory delight.

And so it is with the gardens we showcase on our Bay of Plenty trail. We would not have such an impressive garden festival without our participating gardeners’ gracious invitations to visit their private domains and view their creativity.

This year we introduce a newly-formatted festival. The trail spans from Katikati to Te Puke with all gardens open to explore on all four festival days. Our festival boasts a myriad of delights from small urban gardens to large rolling country gardens – many are new to the festival but rest assured, old favourites have returned too.

Adding to the offering are art stops along the way. In some cases there is the opportunity to see artists working from their own studios. Matching artists with gardens is what makes this garden trail unique. Local and national artists are displaying a wide variety of artwork in several different mediums.

One and four-day ticket options are on offer this year. There’s the chance to organise a solid day of whistle-stop viewing, or enjoy a more leisurely journey around the gardens over multiple days.

This year on the behalf of the Gardeners the festival will make a small donation to three very positive and much needed charities.

 

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Kiwi-Can
Giving value and
life skills to children

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Trustpower TECT Rescue
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Alzheimers Tauranga/WBOP

 

Omahanui @ Esme and Mark Dean

  Omahanui is an informal country garden surrounding 3 historic cottages. Throughout the garden NZ native species are blended effectively…
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Aileen Hanley Garden

Follow the path through to a beautifully structured and colourful garden framed by extensive views over Omokoroa harbour. This artistically…
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Amazing Iris Garden @ Wendy Begbie

This terraced garden has multiple levels displaying beds of Bearded and Louisiana Irises. There are also gardens of Japanese and Siberian…
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Bethlehem Pottery Club

Call into the clubrooms and browse the gallery of locally made pottery for sale. A large range of interesting and…
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Bill and Wendy Flowerday

With stunning panoramic views over the Bay of Plenty, this large country garden is a mix of the formal and…
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Cam and Diana Durrant

This half-acre property provides stunning views from White Island to the Coromandel coast. Tropical palms, epiphyllums, bromeliads and many other…
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Christine and Derek Cecil

This four-year-old garden is situated on a north-facing section with stunning views over Tauranga. Previously an overgrown gorse and manuka…
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Darren and Rhonda Wisbey

This garden was established over 50 years ago as a north-facing sunny garden with beautiful views of the harbour. It…
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Dave and Eileen Turnbull

This 17-year-old garden began as a bare plot and has been transformed by Eileen, with no professional training. The neighbouring…
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Earthforce @ Mary and Richard Nash

A series of garden areas with pleasing visual symmetry that sit beside Mary’s wholesale nursery. Enjoy views to the harbour…
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Gill and John Barnes

From humble beginnings 33 years ago, this garden has evolved into one that is to be proud of. Tropical, native…
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Helen and Barry Green

Rose enthusiasts will be in heaven – with over 160 named varieties to admire in the front half of this…
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Ian and Clare Trott

This is a garden that will captivate you. Neatly trimmed buxus microphylla hedging welcomes you and frames a standard yak…
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Leanne Hopkins

A lush sub-tropical garden reveals itself as you walk to the beachside of this oceanside garden; dotted with fun artwork…
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Leonie & Brett Marsh

A rocky outcrop forms the basis of a tropical pool area, giving focus and adding a feeling of fun to…
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Mayward Homestead @ Judy Mahar

This large country garden, with a backdrop of native bush, features ponds, rhododendrons, azaleas and maples under planted hellebores, hostas…
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Patronus @ Pat & Ron Howie

A semi-tropical garden of over 15 years with some rare trees and plants. Two large redwoods form an entrance into…
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Paula Knight Seaside Garden

Paula’s exotically vibrant coastal paintings are set off to perfection by her bright beach bach and established garden. Outdoor areas…
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Siesta Garden @ Colleen Thwaites

This lovingly tended 40-year-old garden is brimming with interesting areas to discover. It features more than 200 roses, a huge…
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Sonny and Brenda Chan

Former farmers and commercial growers from Ohakune have achieved great things at this sandy, coastal site. This semi-tropical urban garden…
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Stephen and Donna Edge

Behind the Ficus covered black stone walls is a subtropical garden leading to a secluded paved pathway through native plants and…
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Sue Clemens Garden

An informal, peaceful and natural garden on three quarters of an acre with a mix of native plantings, established large…
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Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery delivers exceptional art exhibitions and events. During the Garden & Art Festival come and experience exhibitions by…
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Te Puna Quarry Park

A magical place created by volunteers in a disused quarry. Te Puna Quarry Park is a community project in the…
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Wayne Vickers Gallery

Wayne Vickers is a professional artist creating contemporary realistic seascapes and landscapes. Visit Wayne at home in his studio/gallery during…
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Zahle @ Colleen Pye

This eclectic garden thrives with colour, thanks to a range of vibrant flowers and a memorial rose garden that delights.…
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