The Tauranga Garden and Art Festival began on Monday as the areas opened one by one – unfortunately, the weather dished up torrential rain and Transit NZ dished up roadworks that closed SH2 and meant a detour for people travelling between Tauranga and Katikati.
Today has been my first day out, hitting the trail around the Tauranga city area. There were only a couple of tiny sprinkles of rain, although the wind was tiring, but to compensate there were lots of smiles and flower-filled gardens (and two plumbed-in outdoor baths on decks!).
I think I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
A section of Mike Radrup’s impressive vege garden at Oropi. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cherie Jeffrey makes a last-minute adjustment to her “pearl” chandelier at La Grange, which will soon become a boutique wedding venue. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Heather Loughlin loves having birds in her garden and has set up a feeding table made from an old patio heater. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Think you have no room for veges? Fiona Fullerton maximises the space in her garden by using guttering strips on the boundary fence. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Rachel McGarva in her outdoor bath (and with a box of lavender Blueberry). Photo: Sandra Simpson
Rachel’s harbourside garden features a striking gazebo. Photo: Sandra Simpson
A hedge sharply clipped by John Woolford. Wife Heather is impressed he’s made space for her hand to turn on the tap. Photo: Sandra Simpson
The delightful garden of painter Jenny Coker. She and art photographer Tracy Stamatakos are exhibiting together on site – Tracy’s gorgeous work looks like painting. Photo: Sandra Simpson