Garden+Arts Festival


How thrilled we are to announce that Bayleys Real Estate has come on board as the festival’s platinum sponsor and principal event partner. Bayleys Bay of Plenty/Waikato sponsorship manager Allison Stewart with our festival director Marc Anderson. Allison says Bayleys considers the festival to be a “wonderful and inspiring event”.

The 2018 BOP Garden and Art Festival also has a new hub! This year the festival hub will be at The Tauranga Historic Village. During the festival (Nov15-18) the site will even have a name – Bloom in the Bay. Festival director Marc Anderson says The Village has the space and facilities to complement the festival – perfect for showcasing the event.

Marc Anderson Festival Director - pictured with Bayleys Bay of Plenty/Waikato sponsorship manager Allison Stewart and Historic Village Team Leader - Blair Graham.

Keen for your artistic flair to add to the creative flavour of the next BOP Garden & Art Festival?

If so, it's time to make contact. The festival team is not only out checking prospective gardens, but is also calling for a show of interest from artists, from the Western Bay of Plenty and beyond.

Festival director Marc Anderson says the festival provides artists with the ideal opportunity to exhibit and a high number of art stops will be part of the festival journey. Festival goers will get to see artists exhibiting in outdoor green galleries, and in some cases, in their private studios.

One of those who thoroughly enjoyed being involved in last year's festival is Tauranga's Emma Prill, whose original art and quality prints have been shown in art exhibitions both in New Zealand and internationally.

Emma exhibited a collection of her limited edition giclée prints at the festival hub during the last festival. (She was also an exhibitor in the festival's early days.)

“I chose to be in the festival because I felt my flower garden works have an obvious theme connection to the festival. I enjoyed being part of a festival that celebrates the beauty of nature and gardens.”

She says her work, using acrylic on canvas, references the long and ever-changing relationship we have with the natural world, flowers, and our gardens.

Emma says she enjoyed the festival atmosphere and it led to sales during the festival, and afterwards, from those who viewed her work during the event.

“It was a really good way of promoting my work and exhibiting in a different context,” she says.

The 2018 festival will be held from Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18.

Anyone interested in being a festival artist should contact Marc on (07) 570 2525 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling all gardeners.

The hunt is on for gardens to include in next year’sBAy of Plenty Garden and Art Festival.

Interested in the possibility of your garden featuring in the November 2018 event? Know someone who’s done an excellent job flexing their green fingers and should be sharing the joy of their labours? The Bay of Plenty  Garden and Art Festival team is keen to hear.

Members of the festival team have been out visiting gardens already – some are festivals favourites, others are returning after a break, and there are exciting newcomers too. But, they are keen to see more, as the plan is to feature 60 gardens from throughout the Western Bay of Plenty in 2018. Gardeners who are interested, but unsure whether their gardens will make the cut, are encouraged to make contact.

Lara Bui, whose garden featured for the first-time last festival is full of positive feedback for those considering submitting their gardens.

“We encourage anyone thinking about being part of the festival to put their garden forward. We found it to be a really rewarding experience sharing our garden with our local and wider community”.

The 2018 festival will be held over four days with all gardens open for the duration. It will be held from Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18.

Anyone interested in submitting their garden in the festival should contact Marc on 5702525 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



We look forward to the next Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival scheduled for November 2018

While the 2016 festival may be all wrapped up, we are working away in the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival office to make sure this fantastic festival offers even more in 2018. We have some great additions to enhance this amazing festival and really can not wait to tell you all about our plans.  Visit this web site regulalry to keep in touch and we will be in touch soon.

The 10th biennial Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival 2016 has now come to a close

We credit the success of this flagship event to the combined energy of the festival team, gardeners and artists, volunteers and supporters who participated, and to the generosity of our funders and sponsors. Your support of the festival was greatly appreciated. It is the committed involvement of so many people in our community that continue to make the festival a success by embracing all it had to offer.

The Lakes Hub again proved the value of creating a central place for the festival. The concentration of a myriad of attractions, events and exhibitions in one location was a huge draw card. The Garden Trail remains the star of the festival and we appreciate that without contributors willing to share their private gardens and making the huge effort to showcase these to the public, there simply would be no festival.

We sincerely thank you for your contribution to our tenth biennial festival and look forward to you joining us again for future Garden and Art Festival events.

Best wishes for a happy festive season.

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