Taranaki Garden Festival

Book your tickets to the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival 2022 today!

Discover Taranaki Events A Remarkable New Plymouth and North Taranaki Garden Tour

Full day tour  

Join the renowned Glyn Church, known as The Constant Gardener and a prolific writer for a tour around 6 exceptional New Plymouth and North Taranaki gardens. Glyn will give you an outline of each garden prior to your visit and then guide you around sharing his in-depth knowledge of the plants and their significance in the location.  

Leaving at 8.30am the first stop will be in Jury’s Garden at Tikorangi. This is one of the few inter-generational, private gardens in New Zealand that has been intensively gardened for seven decades. Conceived in the English landscape style of the first half of the twentieth century, it is an ongoing project – a domestic garden that continues to change and develop with the times. After a morning tea stop your next visit will be to Riverlea, a peaceful, large, and diverse garden that flows around a relocated and restored 120-year-old villa. Since 2003, Ann and Vince Naus, have poured their talents and passion into creating their garden. To form varied vistas, they have engaged an array of ideas, including establishing a perennial border, woodland garden, a maple walk and a boardwalk to the river starring native plants. A visit to Tūpare will be next,  Tūpare is a premier landscaped garden with a stunning Chapman-Taylor designed house in the Arts & Crafts style. In addition to the beautiful hard landscaping, stately plantings of trees create shelter and a magical atmosphere. Leading all the way down to the Waiwhakaiho River, winding paths cut out of the hillside lead to surprising vistas and intimate garden rooms. Lunch will be at Quails Nest, a relatively new addition to New Plymouth’s dining scene situated with a great outlook over the Waiwhakaiho Valley. After lunch, Pukemara Garden will be your next destination. This garden has become known as a place of peace and serenity to Garden Festival visitors. Rhododendron enthusiast Alan Morris has created stunning floral vistas with subtropical vireyas, fuchsias, roses and perennials tucked on a hillside property in New Plymouth. Next stop will be Sequoia Steps, an inner-city hideaway oriented to comfortable city living starring 26 wooden steps that flow up and down a tranquil spot beside New Plymouth’s Awanui Cemetery.  Your last garden visit will be to Nikau Grove Hundreds of Nikau Palms set the South Pacific theme in this moist gully of approx. 1 1/2 acres. This peaceful, mature, garden incorporates a variety of intimate and larger spaces, with an emphasis on native plants, which link seamlessly into exotic plantings. Lush exotics, including strelitzia, rhododendrons, abutilons and orchids, create interest and colour throughout. A variety of exotic palms have also been added, particularly around the swimming pool area.

Admission:

$300 (includes all garden entries and tours by horticultural specialist Alan Jellyman to 6 gardens, morning tea, catered lunch, afternoon tea and coach transport

Terms and Conditions:

Attendees will need to be fit and able to walk up and down hillsides and varied terrain.

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