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Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular


Wed 5 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 6 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 7 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 8 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 9 Nov 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Mt Taranaki, Egmont Road, Egmont Village , Stratford, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General: $4.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Seven new gardens in 2014 Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular

A sub-tropical inner city garden with soaring palms, a tranquil Zen garden and an organic country garden are among the seven new gardens in this year’s Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular running from October 31 to November 9.

And with King Garden gaining “Garden of Significance” status from the New Zealand Gardens Trust, there are also 12 gardens ranging from gardens of Significance to National Significance including one of International Significance in the 49 gardens in this year’s event.

All the gardens and events in this 27th annual garden festival are being launched by NZ Gardener magazine editor, Jo McCarroll who has been a regular visitor to Taranaki gardens.

“Gardeners right around New Zealand are jealous of Taranaki’s soil and great gardening climate,” says Jo.
“The people are also what make Taranaki gardens so good. There are so many talented and pioneering gardeners in Taranaki, and it seems that everyone who lives or moves there becomes a gardener sooner or later! So it’s no wonder that many Taranaki gardens have featured in NZ Gardener magazine over its 70 year history. I have visited the festival several times and it’s always exciting to see the new gardens each year.”

The seven new gardens are Kairau Lodge and Vineyard in Waitara, Tropica and Pendarves House both in New Plymouth, Korurata in Oakura, Greenhills in Stratford and two South Taranaki gardens - Oughton Farm Garden in Okaiawa, and The Hidden Dell in Hawera.

With these new gardens among an impressive array of diverse gardens and inspiring events, this year’s festival is set to “awaken the senses”, says festival manager, Lisa Ekdahl.

“Our programme for 2014 is an enjoyable synthesis of some idyllic pleasures in life,” says Lisa.
“It is a feast of food, fashion, art, inspiring speakers and 49 of the some of the best gardens in New Zealand opening their garden gates. Our Landscape Design Project this year will once again wow the senses.”

Supported with funding from the TSB Community Trust, The Falling Garden is the landscape design project by UK artist, Rebecca Louise Law.
Based in London, Rebecca is an installation artist renowned for her transformation of spaces using hundreds to thousands of suspended flowers.

Being installed in The Alexandra Room within the TSB Showplace, Rebecca’s Falling Garden will be the location for the popular Spring Fashion event on Saturday November 8.

Also in the event line up are two speaking events by Jo McCarroll on Garden Trends, cooking seminars with Masterchef 2014 winners Karena & Kasey Bird, tai chi in the garden, a garden speaker series of events, a house and garden tour, a Chapman-Taylor tour and the ever-popular “Frocks on Bikes” event to wrap the festival on Sunday, November 9.

“Our garden line up, events, landscape design project, house and garden tours will offer a tasteful experience for most,” says Lisa.

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