Kidzone for garden and art festival

Little Sweethearts will be creating a family garden fun exploration space at Bloom in the Bay

Bloom in the Bay, the festival hub for the four-day Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival in November will be bursting with activities, entertainment and art.

Located at Tauranga racecourse there will be workshops, speakers, creative demonstrations, live music and stage acts, a kids’ zone, art exhibitions, food trucks, floral displays, and competitions.

Learn a new creative skill such as decorating your Christmas table, and making seed bombs and flower crowns.

Speakers will cover topics such as photography with Kim Westerskov; living sustainably; edible gardening; home waste solutions; and the arboreal ark which is home to the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the Equator.

Little Sweethearts Montessori will be delighting children in the very special festival Children’s Garden.

“We are creating a fun exploration space,” says Little Sweethearts teacher Rhonda Armstrong.

“A children’s haven with planter boxes of flowers they can cut and water. It will be a family garden party space with play activities, a swing and garden seating.

“We want children to be able to get their hands involved and experience gardening for themselves rather than going around gardens that they can’t touch.”

There will be activities run four times a day in the children’s garden.

Bloom in the Bay will be the perfect spot to pop in to for coffee and food, and to plan your daily garden and art trail around the incredible 80 stops from Katikati to Te Puke. End each day back at the racecourse unwinding to live music, sculptures, paintings, floral art and inspirational speakers.

The Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival runs from November 19-22. Entry to Bloom in the Bay is free to festival pass holders and only $5 at the gate for everyone else, with children under 14 free.

Get your tickets now from the 2020 Garden & Art Trail sponsor Palmers Bethlehem, or on-line at or Tickets also available at Tauranga i-SITE, Decor Garden World, Pacifica Home and Garden Store, Te Puke Florists and Katikati Information Centre.


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