Cultivating Threatened Species A Talk by Experts from Otari Native Botanic Garden
The garden that inspired the creation of Te Kainga Marire. Rewi Elliot and Finn Michala will share their experience of collecting and cultivating threatened native plants, and how they use them in the collections at Otari Native Botanic Garden. Otari is a celebration of the New Zealand flora that inspires visitors on how the unique flora can be used in the home garden
Plant Propagation Tips and Tricks with Jenny Oakley
Join Jenny in her garden for a talk on propagating plants. Take some time to pick up great tips on how to take cuttings from perennials and roses, watch Jenny demonstrate how to divide plants for an easy and inexpensive way to get new plants from the ones you already have.
Market Farm Tour with Jodi Roebuck & Tanya Mercer
Join Jodi for a tour around the award-winning Roebuck Farm. See first-hand the production of fast-growing salad greens, including microgreens, and how they are harvested using small innovative tools and produce is cleaned in a purpose-built wash room. This year Jodi will celebrate his 20th year growing and selecting heritage vegetable seed and the expansion of his thriving sustainable market garden andrestoration grazing property at Omata.
UrbanPermaculture Walk with Dee Turner
Join Dee Turn for a trip around her urban permaculture garden and food forest. See how soil is built by layering carbon and nitrogen layers from waste materials from the home and garden. Look at how you can combine fruit trees, fruiting crops, perennials, root crops, bulbs and climbers into an enhanced foodscape that feeds itself. Dee has done away with the conventional orchard and mowing, and instead grows plant guilds around her fruit trees to feed them and keep away the bugs.
A Walk Through the PĀst with Ken Horner
Puketarata Garden lies inside an outer rampart of the historic Puketarata pā site, one of a number in the valley region. Around the 15th or 16th centuries, the age of pā building began, and for four or five hundred years Puketarata was home to Māori who lived and gardened at the pā site or its adjacent kainga (village) Keteonetea. Ken Horner, amateur historian and owner of Puketarata Garden, has pieced together the history of the land that has been his family’s home since 1983.
Right Plant, Right Place with Chris Paul
Chris Paul has been a successful landscape designer based in Taranaki for the past 27 years with many of his gardens regularly featuring in numerous house and garden magazines in New Zealand and overseas. Hear expert planting advice from Chris as he tours you through his inner city garden.
The Country Fair
The Country Fair is a festival event for the whole family. Enjoy a relaxing day of food, music and shopping with hand-crafted quality goods from local stall holders. Set beside the beautiful property, Openlands, you can stroll around the garden, peruse the many craft stalls inside the hall or bring a picnic and take in the views of the mountain on the church lawn. There will be something for all to enjoy. Plenty of off-road parking.
Views into the Garden
A special installation to enhance your festival experience. At King Edward Park this year there will be a floral spectacle featuring the work of several local floral artists along with other fascinating gardening exhibits. Each day at 12 noon, you will see a variety of garden views. From show-and-tell workshops, garden speakers, to live music and entertainment. This is a celebration of King Edward Park and it’s newly crowned 5 Star New Zealand Gardens Trust rating,free event for the whole…
Hamden Estate Winery Tasting
An intimate evening of wine and fine food awaits you at Tairoa Lodge. Winemaker David Iggulden from Hamden Estate in Martinborough will introduce four wines with four delicious courses from Tairoa Lodge and talk about the story behind their label, vineyard establishment, links to Taranaki, wine and food matching and anecdotes from the vineyard life. Join us at 6pm for a glass of bubbles to start, followed by dinner. Wine sales on the evening.
Luncheon en Blanc
The dress code is all white for this fabulous Luncheon en Blanc. Enjoy three courses, wine matching from Mike Radich and hear how to achieve an award winning garden from horticulturist Kate Hillier. Kate is a member of the renowned English horticultural family and an award-winning designer. An experienced flower show judge, having judged at many international shows including RHS Chelsea. Career highlights include GM Ellerslie Flower Show and Director of NZ Flower & Garden Show.
Forgotten 43 Brewing Tour & Tasting
Forgotten 43 Brewing is located in Stratford at the beginning of State Highway 43. Owned and operated by a group of enthusiastic locals with a taste for brewing quality craft beer. In the spirit of those early settlers, they are forging ahead with their passion to create quality craft beer. Come and meet the brewers, hear the story of how they started and see how beer is made in their boutique brewery. Sample their brews and take home an exclusive Limited Release beer!
Juno Gin Distillery Tour
To celebrate the 2019 Taranaki Garden Festival, Dave and Jo James, the Juno Gin team, are offering an opportunity to come and meet the makers at their New Plymouth distillery. The tour will give you a welcome cocktail, a behind-the-scenes look at how gin is made, the key botanicals, and glorious tastings of a range of their gins, including the yet-to-be-released Ltd Ed 2019 Spring Gin.The distillery also offers a cellar door for off-premise enjoyment.
Twilight in the Te Henui
Come to the Te Henui Chapel. With 360 degree windows this state-of-the-art venue will host this year’s gin in the garden outing. It’s your chance to get a group together, sip and sample the newest Juno distillations,enjoy delicious canapés and mix and mingle in the elegant, architecturally designed Te Henui Chapel. Savor Juno cocktails including their signature drink the ‘Bloody Monica’ named after New Zealand arts patron and women’s rights advocate Monica Brewster She now rests in the…
Let's go on Safari
In the mystical woodlands of Te Popo are 17 bronze statues waiting to be discovered. Bring the kids on an African Safari animal hunt. The life-size hand-made sculptures will be poised and hidden amongst the trees. On your hunting expedition, search out the huge crocodile sipping from the creek, the statuesque giraffe or the king of the jungle – the proud lion. On the completion of your hunt, all children’s efforts will be rewarded with a well-deserved ice cream for their sharp hunting…