The 10-day festival running from November 1st to the 10th, has 12 gardens of significance including one garden of “International Significance”, six gardens of “National Significance” and five “Gardens of Significance”.
Now in its 26th year, and one of the country’s longest running garden festivals, the Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular continues to focus on offering visitors a diverse, inspiring and quality garden experience, says Festival manager, Lisa Ekdahl.
“Approximately 6,000 visitors paid more than 53,000 gardens visits in last year’s event and surveys revealed we achieved a 99% good to excellent visitor experience rating,” says Ms. Ekdahl.
“More than 60% of our visitors are from outside the Taranaki region so the quality of our gardens as well as the high calibre of our line-up of guest speakers and events is critical to delivering a premium festival experience for our visitors.”
While details of the gardens in this year’s event, as well the guest speakers and events will be launched on July 4, Ms. Ekdahl says there are four new gardens in this year’s Festival.
“It takes a huge amount of effort to develop and prepare a garden to the standard we require in the Festival,” explains Ms. Ekdahl. “So we’re really thrilled to open the garden gates to four new stunning gardens for our visitors.”
Four of the gardens in the Festival are public gardens and are free to enter. The remainder are private gardens with an incredible range of diversity from coastal sub-tropical gardens to sub-alpine gardens.
Until more details of the festival are announced on July 4, below is the line-up of Gardens of Significance in this year’s Festival:
Gardens of International Significance
Te Kainga Marire
Gardens of National Significance
Gardens of Significance