Thank you to everyone who visited our gardens and attended our events for the 2021 Taranaki Garden Festival.

Epic Epiphytes

with Tropical Treasures

Shane and Sharolyn have been rare plant collectors for some time — and they love to share their knowledge and plants.

Learn all about epiphytic plants, including staghorn ferns, orchids, bromeliads and tillandsias, from Sharolyn at this interactive workshop.

You will also be able see epiphytes in-situ, growing harmoniously on and alongside the couple’s collection of cold-hardy varieties of palms and sub-tropicals.

Their passion keeps growing and, over the past three years, they have transformed their property from a tangled overgrown woodland into Tropical Treasures nursery. “A lot of people thought we were mad when we first moved… sub-tropicals won’t grow here we were told, well come and see for yourself!”

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CANCELLED! Homegrown Kitchen with Nicola Galloway

Nicola Galloway is an award-winning food writer and author of four cookbooks, including her most recent and highly acclaimed, Homegrown Kitchen. She is the food editor for, and writes a monthly recipe column for NZ Gardener magazine. Read More >

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SOLD OUT! Introduction to Botanical Drawing

Drawing directly from the lush native and exotic foliage at Puketarata Garden, this workshop will offer festival visitors an introduction to the timeless beauty of botanical art. Read More >

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SOLD OUT! Frocks on Bikes

Gather your friends, throw on a frock and glam up your bike. Join us for a fun, relaxed evening of nature, nibbles, wine and music on bicycles. Read More >