Call for keen gardeners to join trail

Mayward Homestead - One of the wonderful gardens on the Bay of Plenty Garden and art trail. Photo: Megan Keatley.

The hunt is on to find new gardens throughout the district to add to the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival trail.

Festival director Marc Anderson is keen to hear from gardeners between Katikati and Te Puke who might like to have their garden included in the 2022 festival.

“It may be that you have friends who tell you that you have a great garden, but you are shy about putting your hand up for festival inclusion,” says Marc.

“Or it may be that you have a friend or neighbour whom you feel should be showcasing their creativity. Either way, we’re keen to hear from you and are more than happy to visit to check gardens and talk things through.”

Members of the garden selection committee will visit over the next few months, and over spring or summer, he adds.

New gardens are always an exciting inclusion in the biennial festival, and diversity – from sprawling rural gardens to tiny town plots – is appreciated.  

The next festival will be held in November next year, and Marc and the team are working from now to confirm which gardens will be included. The festival traditionally features about 70 garden and art stops.

To register your interest for your garden to be considered in the 2022 festival, go to: and follow the link on the home page, or call: 570 2525.

Bayleys Real Estate will return as the festival partner for the 2022 festival and Palmers Bethlehem will once again support the garden and art trail.

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