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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
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.