The Weekend Sun Competition



A highlight of the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival is always the festival hub. Named ‘Bloom in the Bay’, this heart of the four-day festival will be at Tauranga Racecourse this year.


Running from November 19-22, Bloom in the Bay will be bursting with 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, making seed bombs, and your own flower crowns.


Little Sweethearts Montessori will be delighting children in the very special festival Children’s Garden, and nearby, Dutch Flemish designs and the floral art designer of the year competition will delight floral lovers.


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.


Rose grower Rob Somerfield will demonstrate how he pollinates and then selects roses of the future.  Learn from The Garden Project’s Sally Lyttle about simple ideas to increase soil fertility and get rid of garden pests naturally. Rob Pinkey will share his passion for blacksmithing and ‘Bug Man’ Ruud Kleinpaste will have everyone falling in love with nature and bugs.


Fantastic entertainment at the festival, including brilliant local musicians and performers, promises sounds that will transcend through all ages with delicious lunch and dinner options.


The Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival runs from November 19-22. Access to Bloom in the Bay is free with a festival pass, or $5 entry fee at the gate. Kids under 14 get free entry.


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 passes to Bloom in the Bay for ten lucky readers.


Competition Results

Competition Winners: Linda Hawkins, Ivan Hamilton, Merle Chadwick, Helen Smith, Barb Deisher, Florence Furminger, Dorothy van den Hoven, Karen Lindsay-Kerr, Lyn Jarman, Liz Mason