Garden & Art Festival – that’s an understatement!

Insider's Guide to the Festival
with Liz French

The launch of the NZ Garden & Art Festival programme this week finally reveals what I've been noticing for months.

This festival, while staying true to its core value of showcasing the gardens and artists of the coastal western Bay of Plenty from KatiKati to Maketu, is also expanding its envelope with enough events to stimulate a wide variety of tastes, and plenty of free attractions as well as the ticketed ones.

As publicist for this ninth biennial festival I have had a preview of all the festival has to offer, and while I'd be loathe to show favouritism there are facets of this event I particularly love.

I will share these with you in the weeks leading to the November 17-23 festival, named the New Zealand Garden & Art Festival, because there is really none quite like it in the country.    

I'll start with one person, festival director John Beech, because John genuinely cares and has worked tirelessly to bring this festival together.

He's found his stride on this, his second festival as director. The festival programme launch is the culmination of tireless commitment by John.

It is his enthusiasm and ‘dog with a bone' tenacity that has pulled together one of the best festival programmes ever.

So grab one of our predominantly pink programmes in cafes and outlets around the region and start planning a fun festival week.

Tickets are on sale from Monday, September 1 from Ticketek and local outlets.

See more at www.nzgardenandartfest.co.nz

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A great ’reflection’ of the wet day at Harbourside finals on Saturday. Photo: Tierre Thompson.

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