A limited offer of Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival tickets will be available for purchase in time for Mother’s Day this year.
The tickets can traditionally not be bought until later in the year, but this special offer is available this year as it’s too good an opportunity to miss, says the festival director Marc Anderson.
“We recognise that the tickets offer a brilliant Mother’s Day present idea, so we’ve pulled out all the stops to make this happen.
“It’s a great present for those who love gardens and/or art, or for those who will just love the prospect of four days visiting some the Bay’s most beautiful properties” he says.
Adding to the appeal, he says, is the fact tickets will be available at a discounted price of $50*, which covers a pass to all four days of the festival, plus entry to the family-friendly Bloom in the Bay activities that will be held at the festival site at Tauranga’s Historic Village. That price is cheaper than the early-bird special rate.
The exclusive ticket offer will be available in the lead up to Mother’s Day, between April 28 and May 13. Beyond that, those wanting tickets will need to wait until the early bird sales in July.
The festival will run from Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18 inclusive.
Marc says the festival offers plenty to please, including the introduction of at least 15 gardens new to the festival. Some gardeners have featured before but have moved house and hence have new gardens to showcase, with examples including Tauranga landscaper Michelle McDonnell, and Gael Blaymires (formerly of Looking House Garden.) Old favourite gardens, such as Heather Loughlin’s Amberwood, will again feature, and the line-up of artists also includes plenty to get excited about.
Bayleys Real Estate is the festival’s platinum sponsor and principal event partner.
*Not including booking fee or credit card charges.
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.