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Address29 Nevada Drive Merrilands, New Plymouth 4312
RegionTaranaki
Privately owned or publicPrivate
Email
Phone06 7572290
FaxNo
Contact PersonJo Bublitz
Websitewww.taranakigardens.com
HoursThe festival is over for 2010 and we will add all new details for 2011 soon.
Garden SizeThe gardens vary in size. Allow 30 mins to an hour for each one.
Price$2.00 per garden or donation to charity.
Brochure Available?There is a programme that can be posted out.
ParkingThis varys from garden to garden.
ToiletsYes there are toilets in some gardens, check the programme.
Food AvailableYes some gardens do have food available, check the programme.
Cafe/Restaurant available?No
SeatingThere is seating for you to relax and reflect in some gardens.
PicnicsYes you are welcome to bring picnics to the gardens but please don’t litter.
Wheelchair AccessCheck the programme for those gardens that are wheel chair friendly.
Dogs AllowedNo dogs please.
Children AllowedYes but please supervise your children. Many gardens do have water. Two of the gardens will provide train rides.
AccommodationCheck the web site for a list of accommodation we recommend.
WeddingsWeddings are available in some gardens through out the year. Check with the garden owners.
Plant/Other SalesSome gardens do have plant and other sales.
Guided ToursThe garden owners will be on hand to chat and answer your questions.
Function center?No
Winery?No
Other FacilitiesA special feature of this year’s festival will be the Floral Service being held at Saint John’s Church in Otakeho (between Manaia and Opunake) 31st October at 11 am. The folk rock trio, Lava will be performing there as part of their Under the Mountain Tour. They will also be appearing at The Studio in Inglewood on Friday 27th October in Stanleigh gardens on Saturday 30th. This year's festival, includes a vintage farm machinery trail and local artworks.

"The trail links up with a lot of local history and a lot of the gardens will have artwork for sale."

This year the festival's organisers have put an emphasis on including gardens from throughout the region.

"It's an around-the-mountain festival and in the past a lot of the coast has been left out of the loop."

Two of the gardens will provide train rides while others will present musical performances.

"Gardens are not just pretty with flowers. We have a lot of vegetable and organic gardens. We also have miniature highland cattle and alpacas this year," Mr Self said.

As well as the beautiful and interesting gardens and places of interest that comprise the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival, Taranaki has a wealth of Public Spaces that are well worth visiting and returning to after the festival. We are blessed that we have a group of District Councils; New Plymouth, Stratford, and South Taranaki along with the Taranaki Regional Council who have long valued the importance of open public places to the well being of the Province.

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The Garden

It is almost a garden voyeur's paradise again with the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival back for the sixth year.
Organiser Michael Self reckons it is the biggest yet, with 90 gardens and places of interest on the agenda. It is amazing to look back over the last few years and reflect on what has been achieved. Five years ago 16 gardeners got together and launched the first Fringe Garden Festival. The vision being to show case the many facets of Taranaki Gardening; organics, artists gardens, edible gardens, large and small, personal and grand. All the time revelling in the amazing diversity that is the Taranaki Garden. There are few places in the world that you can enjoy a pristine alpine garden just below the snow line then enjoy subtropical gardens before going for a surf all within a few short kilometres. Many of the initiatives of the Fringe Festival have been aped by others which is quite a compliment to that original vision but the growth hasn't stopped and this year it is we believe the biggest festival of private gardens in New Zealand.

The Gardener

"Most of the people who open up their gardens do it for the people of Taranaki."
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