About us

The NZ Garden & Art Festival Charitable Trust

The NZ Garden & Art Festival Trust is a charity and was formed in 2001 by a talented and forward thinking group who were passionate about gardens, art and promoting the beautiful Bay of Plenty in a philanthropic way.

Our Mission Statement:

Inspire a passion for gardening and art

The key objectives of the Trust are:

  • To promote and improve the advancement of education, skill, knowledge and enjoyment of gardens and the arts in New Zealand
  • To build and develop New Zealand’s premier Garden & Art Festival
  • To create an enjoyable event for all who participate
  • To enrich and strengthen our community
  • To promote the unique lifestyle of the Bay of Plenty

 The current board of Trustees is:

  • Murray Clode (Chair)
  • Julie Carlson
  • James Sherson
  • Mark Henderson
  • Annie Hill

The Festival Team is:

  • Marc Anderson – Festival Director
  • Kirsty Shorten – Event Coordinator
  • Olivia Sheehan – Event Coordinator
  • Sarah Lowry – Event Coordinator
  • Monique Balvert – O’Connor