The Weekend Sun Competition


Meeting artists at some of the 80 stops spanning from Katikati to Te Puke in November’s four-day Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival trail is a festival highlight.


A pleasant surprise will be visiting a garden and finding an artist also there, ready to chat about their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, or pottery.


Being able to see artists at work in their own studios is an added delicious feature, and including those exhibiting at the Bloom in the Bay festival hub at Tauranga racecourse, there are over 100 artists in total.


Suzy Cels creates her art in the heart of Oropi, surrounded by tui and kereru birdsong. Her work captivates with layers of colour and vibrancy. Working with acrylics, she also sells cushions, cards and vouchers for art lessons.


The Garden and Art Trail is accessible to festival pass holders. Two ticket types are available. A one-day ticket will get you to all gardens on the trail for one day only – and the ticket holder can choose which day. A multi-day festival pass will allow you to see all gardens on all days of the festival. There’s the chance to organise a solid day of whistle-stop viewing or enjoy a more leisurely journey around the gardens over multiple days.


Access to Bloom in the Bay is free with a festival pass.


The Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival runs from November 19-22.


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.


The Weekend Sun has four one-day double festival passes for four lucky readers.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winners, Saskia Etherington, Lynda Parker, Wendy Lowe & Glenda McLachlan!