Thank you to our 2019 gardeners and visitors we are looking forward to seeing you during our 2020 garden festival!


Each year we present a smashing range of enticing events. Some are for learning, some are for inspiration, and some are just so you can get all dolled-up and dance the night away with like-minded garden lovers!

Most events require you to book tickets, but there are some fantastic free options in this year’s line-up.

Mitre 10 - Flora and Fauna

Join us for a night of celebration at this year’s garden gala event of the festival - the Mitre 10 - Flora and Fauna. Details >

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. Details >

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. Details >

Flower Crown Workshop

Grab a friend and come along to this fun hands-on afternoon and create your own beautiful fresh flower crown. Details

Let's Go on Safari

Nestled in the mystical woodlands of Te Popo are 17 bronze statues waiting to be discovered. Bring the kids on an African Safari animal hunt. Details

Twilight in Te Henui

Set just inside the gates of Te Henui Cemetery, amongst the picturesque historical grounds is Te Henui Chapel. With 360 degree windows this state-of-the-art venue will host this year’s gin in the garden outing. Last year this event sold out in rapid timing. Details

Juno Gin Distillery Tour

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. Details

Forgotten 43 Brewing Tour and Tasting

Come and meet the brewers, hear the story of how they started and see how beer is made in their boutique brewery. You will also get the opportunity to sample their brews and take home an exclusive Limited
Release beer! Details

Views into the Garden

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. Details

The Garden Party

Wear your Sunday best and come to the marquee in King Edward Park. Enjoy background jazz, afternoon tea and a complimentary glass of wine. Details

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. Details

Garden Speaker Series

Hear expert planting advice from Chris as he tours you through his inner city garden Read More >

Puketarata Garden lies inside an outer rampart of the historic Puketarata pā site, one of a number in the valley
region. Read More >

See how soil is built by layering carbon and nitrogen layers from waste materials from the home and garden in Dee Turner's urban permaculture garden. Read More >

Jodi Roebuck, owner of Roebuck Farm, is a renowned biointensive gardening educator and restoration grazing consultant Read More >

Join festival veteran Jenny Oakley in her garden for a talk on propagating plants and pick up some hot tips. Read More >

See Jenny’s demonstration on how she creates her remarkable hanging baskets. Read More >

Otari Native Botanic Garden Manager (Rewi Elliot) and Curator (Finn Michalak) share their experience of collecting and cultivating threatened native plants. Read More >