Welcome

Welcome to this year’s Garden Spectacular!

This is truly a special year for the Garden Spectacular as we’re turning 30! We’re now one of the longest running and most popular garden festivals in New Zealand. Each year we strive to offer a new and exciting line up of events and of course - a spectacular range of gardens.

We have 47 gardens in our festival this year – 42 of which are privately owned ranging from classic rambling country gardens, to sub-tropical retreats to inner-city sanctuaries. Meet their owners and be inspired and informed by their garden creations.

One unique event each year is our Landscape Design project. Always different and always beautiful  – this year we have “Radiant Garden” by video projection artist Tim Gruchy. Tim will be creating a floral and fauna projection of spectacular proportions on the outside of our own two-storey festival building. Don’t miss it!

Please browse through our programme to create your own garden tour and check out our programme of guest speakers, guided garden tours and inspiring events. You’ll find new flavours from around the world such as our Mexican Frida Fiesta, to classic comedy from Ginette McDonald (aka Lynn of Tawa) to regular favourites such as our Garden Speaker Series which just grow in popularity each year!

Make sure you book so you don’t miss out and we look forward to welcoming you to a special region in New Zealand.

Suzanne Porter - CEO TAFT
Nigel Barbour - CEO Powerco 
Leigh Gatward-Cook - Festival Manager