Festival trail opening times: Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th Nov: 9.30pm – 5pm, Sunday 18th Nov: 9.30am – 3pm
Bloom in the Bay opening times: Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th Nov: 9am – 9.30pm

Garden & Art Trail

Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 November | 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday 20 November | 9:30am – 3:00pm


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.

This year we introduce a newly-formatted festival. 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.

One and four-day ticket options are on offer this year. 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.

01 | Gallery on Mulgan @ Lorraine Browne

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Camelia, box hedging, topiaries and pops of colour make this garden a corner treasure. Wander around the potager and sweet…
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01 | River Cottage

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Whimsical, rustic and vintage treasures abound in this riverside cottage garden oozing charm and delight. A character cottage sits at…
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02 | Hart Garden

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This 10-year-old semi-formal country garden looks peacefully across the ‘haha’ to the Tahawai Stream and farmland beyond. A productive potager…
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02 | Sue Clemens

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An informal, peaceful and natural garden on three quarters of an acre with a mix of native plantings, established large…
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04 | Rivahaven

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Winding paths  meander through this peaceful hillside country garden and down to the river below. Large, mature trees, mixed borders…
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05 | Earthforce

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A series of garden areas with pleasing visual symmetry make up this big home garden that sits beside Mary’s wholesale…
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06 | E Te Taha Pari – On The Edge

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Enjoy a ramble through an eclectic garden that has undergone a major facelift in the last six years. Remodeled and…
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07 | Pahoia Lodge

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Strong yet minimal and simple, this garden is a real complement to the modernist house it surrounds. Magnificent harbour and…
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08 | Hanley Garden

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In three short years this elevated terraced garden with a bird theme has been wrangled from the weeds and enhanced…
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09 | Furness Garden

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Tranquil and private, this mature seaside park-style garden mixes large trees with tropical and mass plantings. The garden features four…
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10 | Fountain Gardens

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This large wedding garden venue includes a number of unique water features, fountains and other garden art; plus a variety…
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11 | Drift Tide Hideaway

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Situated on a private promontory on the upper Te Puna estuary, this coastal garden is filled with colour. 200 roses…
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12 | Stillwater

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Kauri trees and nikau palms tower over more traditional garden beds at this property on the Te Puna estuary edge.…
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13 | Marsh Garden

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A rocky outcrop forms the basis of a tropical pool area, giving focus and adding a feeling of fun to…
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14 | Siesta Garden

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This lovingly tended 40-year-old garden is brimming with interesting areas to discover. With over 200 roses, a huge Idesia tree,…
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15 | Wisbey Garden

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This is a family-friendly, semi-formal home garden in a peaceful setting with rural and harbour views across to Omokoroa. Features…
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16 | Waikaraka

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Clipped camellia hedges border the two blocks that form this established 2.5 hectare lifestyle garden. Mature trees, relaxed border plantings,…
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17 | Hill Garden

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Years of clearing and replanting with flax and grasses have been rewarded with a native wetland wonder at the bottom…
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19 | Mundt Garden

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Five years ago this extensive one hectare garden was a kiwifruit orchard. Three and a half thousand plants later and…
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20 | Neilson Studio

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The large, open studio is perfect for viewing Ross’ art – stylised realism in acrylic of colourful NZ nature. Alongside…
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21 | Barnes Garden

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A city garden that is restful and interesting to wander. One of the original Otumoetai properties, this rambling garden has…
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22 | Green Garden

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Rose enthusiasts will be in heaven with over 160 named varieties to admire in the front of this immaculate, traditional…
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23 | Bedrock

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A rustic country garden in the city. A spring-fed pond forms the centerpiece at this enticing oasis, with a waterfall…
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24 | Watson Garden

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This sentimental garden reflects Peter’s love of vegetable growing, inherited from his father. A green house and various plants feature…
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25 | Amberwood

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Come and discover this small secret in the city. This enchanting English woodland -, hidden within a walled garden,- creates…
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26 | Cool Plants

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Framed by a stunning backdrop of water/estuary views, this urban garden is made up of multiple spaces providing inspiration -…
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27 | Buckley Garden

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Retro fun and funky lurks behind a formal façade in this backyard city garden, so don’t be fooled. From box…
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28 | Dawson Garden

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A garden of many levels and layers with a coastal vibe is waiting to be discovered here. Wander the hillside…
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29 | Woodhill House

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Woodhill – a classic, historical villa of distinction – will open its doors as a festival art stop this year.…
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30 | Trinity Wharf Hotel

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Botanica Fantastica 1 – 30 NovemberGraham's installation 'Homegrown' from the 2014 Garden and Art Festival has been re-imagined for 2016.…
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31 | Tauranga Art Gallery

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Grafted: Paintings of Contemporary Polynesian Gardens by Barry Dabb12 November 2016 – February 2017 This exhibition surveys nearly 20 years of…
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32 | Driscoll Garden

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This compact inner-city garden fits snuggly around a 1950’s Art Deco Villa. Indoor/outdoor urban living mixes formal, edible and tropical…
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33 | Coker Garden

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A small, well-formed, inner-city property with expansive harbour views is on show here. Having several ‘rooms’ with quite different aspects…
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34 | Davis Garden

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The traditional quarter acre garden has never looked better! Developed by its owners over 23 years, this project  has involved…
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35 | Green Garden

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Paula proves you can nurture a small urban garden from a blank canvas to attractive maturity within two years. Paula…
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36 | Sanders & Rimmer Garden

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Welcome to a peaceful, structured garden with ‘rooms’ designed to provide a number of feature areas, each with their own…
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37 | Country Originals

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Kevin’s uncannily lifelike wood sculptures have sold nationally and internationally. He’s known for creating clothing you’d swear you could wear,…
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38 | Lynne Brown Studio

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The home and studio of Lynne, and her husband Ross, were designed specifically for their lifestyle. Its wide and spectacular…
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39 | The Orchard

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Much more than an orchard - a romantic and beautiful wedding garden venue set in a two hectare avocado orchard.…
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40 | Dryfesdale

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A variety of English-styled garden spaces have been lovingly created to form this half-hectare rural garden with views to Mauao.…
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41 | Hereford House

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A unique country garden cleverly combining formal and informal elements amongst flowers and trees. A great garden for an exploratory…
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43 | La Grange

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A French inspired country garden that complements the ‘French barn’ it surrounds. Form and structure found in the potager garden,…
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44 | Selena Ceramics

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A semi-tropical bordered drive leads to a garden with banks of flowerbeds below a flat lawn surrounded by roses and…
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45 | Ring Garden

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In a short time, Debbie has added her special touches to this terraced country garden that enjoys broad views over…
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46 | Oldfield Garden

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With show-stopping panoramic views over the Bay of Plenty, this newly developed garden draws inspiration from the Orient and 60’s…
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47 | Flowerday

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This large, informal country garden sits high in the hills overlooking the stunning Bay of Plenty. The sloping site has…
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48 | Tui Grove

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Tui Grove features two acres of meandering garden on a gentle slope, featuring mature trees, a labyrinth, a developing arboretum…
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49 | Studio La Mu

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The eclectic, urban garden of Studio La Mu surprises and delights many visitors. Garden rooms surround the long and low…
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50 | Creating Waves

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Creating Waves is a gallery space created by Michael and Kathy Sass.  Situated on the Cruise Deck at 169 Maunganui…
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51 | Fibre Floozies

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A stunning, tropical garden achieved over five years awaits discovery at this address. Many flowering plants, water features, an outdoor…
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52 | Pete’s Retreat

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Sitting above the Waipu Bay is this delightful, country, coastal garden with views to Mauao. Formal elements surround the home,…
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54 | Chan Garden

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Former farmers and commercial growers from Ohakune have achieved great things at this sandy, coastal site. This mainly semi-tropical urban…
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55 | Evergreen Landscapes

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The well-established coastal garden of Evergreen Landscapes returns to this year’s festival as an art stop. The garden and beachside…
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56 | Paua Place

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Paula’s exotically vibrant coastal paintings are set off to perfection by her bright beach bach, “Paua Palace” and established garden,…
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58 | Coombes Garden

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Developed over 10 years, and with a strong accent on colour, structure and interesting plant combinations - this garden combines…
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59 | Ditchfield Garden

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Hints of the delights that lay ahead are discovered on entry to this lush, secluded garden.  An ivy-covered colonnade serves…
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60 | Barbara Brown

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A much-loved, compact, town garden for small unit living. Border gardens are designed with an eye for complementary colour planting.
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61 | Clare & Ian Trott

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An urban garden with calming rural views awaits at this address.  Form and structure feature close to the home, with…
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62 | Rawhiti Orchard

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This peaceful country garden is nestled amongst paddocks and avocado plantings. Rock walls give contour to a lush, open lawn…
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63 | Copper Tree Gardens

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The magnificent copper beech tree anchors this country cottage garden with a sense of time and place. Wander the brick…
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64 | Zahle

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Colour and movement add enjoy prominence in this medium-sized, informal and eclectic garden. A meander will reveal a memorial rose…
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