At Alert Level 2, the festival can go ahead with the current restrictions.
Full day tour
Join the renowned Alan Jellyman, horticulturist and author for a guided tour of 6 premier gardens around Mt Taranaki. Alan will give you an outline about 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 near Hawera at Puketarata Garden, a country garden that folds around a hilltop site with spectacular views. Herbaceous plantings, lawn tennis court, vegetable garden and a parterre are enhanced by the landscape.
The next stop will be Gravetye, a formal garden that celebrates the simplicity of mass green planting, with a perennial border, sunken vegetable garden, reflection pool, pleached limes and a laburnum arch.
Oakley garden the third stop of the tour, close to the coast, has a thriving garden made possible by towering shelter belt hedges. Here cottage style plantings, a thriving vegetable potager and Jenny’s renowned hanging baskets are all features.
A delicious sit down catered lunch along with a garden tour at Boxwood is the next stop on the tour. Boxwood is a plant lover’s and garden design haven, featuring garden rooms with a strong connection between house and garden.
Next is the van der Poel Garden, a large spacious country garden with an emphasis on vegetables, fruit trees, beehives and livestock.
A native bush walk and internationally renowned sculptures are also features.
The last stop for the day is the Goodin Country Garden, set amidst old coastal lahars and large volcanic rocks. Mature trees are surrounded by lush plantings of clivia, roses and rhododendrons.
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