Garden and Art Trail

Gardening is indisputably an art form. A garden plot can be considered an individual piece of art with a tale to tell of inspirational urges and labours of love that culminate in sensory delight.

And so it is with the gardens we showcase on our Bay of Plenty trail. We would not have such an impressive garden festival without our participating gardeners’ gracious invitations to visit their private domains and view their creativity.

Palmers Garden Centre – Bethlehem, is our partner of the Garden and Art Trail this year, and while you are out and about on the trail make sure you pop in!

What Will You See?

The trail spans from Katikati to Te Puke with all gardens open to explore on all four festival days. Our festival boasts a myriad of delights from small urban gardens to large rolling country gardens – many are new to the festival but rest assured, old favourites have returned too.

Adding to the offering are art stops along the way. In some cases there is the opportunity to see artists working from their own studios. Matching artists with gardens is what makes this garden trail unique. Local and national artists are displaying a wide variety of artwork in several different mediums.

Ticket Passes

The Garden and Art Trail is accessible to festival pass holders. Two ticket types will be available for the 2020 festival. A one-day ticket will get you to all gardens on the trail For one day only – you can choose that day, but once you are on the trail, this ticket will become invalid for any other 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, our festival hub is free with a festival pass.

A Quiet Oasis

A quiet green oasis on the edge of Fantail Reserve looking out to Rangatua Bay. A generous courtyard is strongly...

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Piece of Paradise

A mature rural garden that invokes a feeling of relaxation and peacefulness due to trees and shrubs having room to...

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Paula Knight Artist

Exotically vibrant coastal paintings are set off to perfection by her bright beach bach and established garden. Outdoor areas spill...

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Native Retreat

This delightful country coastal garden has bountiful views of Mauao. These grounds are bursting with roses and flowers with mature...

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Red Maple

The overall theme of this garden is “red maple”. Layers of shrubs and maples frame the terrace, while peachy orange...

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Subtropical garden in the heart of Greerton. This property shows just how you can transform a small urban home into...

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Rustic Interest

A five-year old garden developed into rooms consisting of a fernery, white formal room, orchard, tropical, ponds and lovely lawn...

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A Florists Dream

A floral artists picking garden on a sloping section over several levels. Pathways and steps meander through a fully planted...

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Rose Enthusiats Delight

A traditional quarter-acre garden is a rose enthusiasts delight with 110 names varieties to admire. The backyard is a step...

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A Cool Green Woodland

A cool green and white woodland beguiles its visitors and leads them to a native habitat, newly created especially for...

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Views in the country

A large country garden with beautiful harbour views and sweeping lawns down to the waterfront. Large established trees frame the...

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Retreat out of town

This is a garden that has been lovingly developed over 40 years. Creative plantings of mostly foliage and topiary in...

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Siesta Garden

Over 46 years of love has been poured into this large cottage garden with everything being planted by the owner....

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Boutique Nursery

This splendid garden has mature tress and shrubs with shady woodland areas, sunny borders with perennials, roses and topiary throughout....

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Oasis in Katikati

Discover this oasis in the middle of Katikati. You’ll find a peaceful and natural garden boasting large trees home to...

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