2016 Garden & Artfest Launch

Joined a happy throng on Friday evening for the launch of this year’s Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival (November 17-20).

The garden trail runs from Katikati to Te Puke and comprises 64 garden and/or art stops (and one show home!). At the launch we had a taste of the gardens and artists, but if you go to the website you’ll find the complete list. Several artists will exhibit in group shows but you’ll find individual profiles for the artists here.

Graham Crow will restage his magnificent paper hydrangeas at Trinity Wharf Hotel, with other artists in individual shows being tropical plant lover Barry Dabb (Tauranga Art Gallery) and Richard Orjis (Baycourt – where he will, apparently, ‘rip up the front lawn’ and cover it in wildflowers). A wildflower garden is also being established at The Hub at The Lakes by Geoff Brunsden from Wildflower World – or at least it will be when the ground dries up a bit!

Read about the special events here, including the Long Lunch with Michele A’Court, the fashion show, the BOP Designer of the Year floral art award, and activities at The Hub, such as a kokedama master class and workshops, and a sculpture walk.

Speakers and workshop presenters take to the stage at The Hub on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. Included are food writers, award-winning landscapers, broadcaster Tony Murrell, Larnarch Castle head gardener and native plant expert Fiona Eadie and NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll. Read the programme here. Tickets for speakers are separate to the garden trail. Saturday offers free 30-minute talks between 11am and 12.30pm in a ‘Meet the Locals’ event.

Tickets for the garden trail are available now, with tickets for special events and speakers on sale from September 1. TECT cardholder discounts for local residents remain in place for the entire sales period.

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