Freshening up the garden festival

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Ten new gardens will be unveiled in this year's Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular.

The festival will feature 45 gardens dotted all around the province and runs from October 28 to November 6.

Festival manager Lisa Ekdahl adding new gardens to the programme keeps the festival fresh "and the fact that the other gardens have longevity gives the festival depth".

Also new this year will be a festival hub based in the White Hart courtyard, where people can buy tickets, get help planning their itinerary and learn what else Taranaki has to offer.

"I think this year it's about encouraging people to connect with each other and what they can do to sustain our environment," Ms Ekdahl says.

Intertwined with the open gardens are a variety of events, including a night with TVNZ food host, Michael Van de Elzen, the in-demand Chapman-Taylor tours and a house and garden tour.

Other events, include the garden speaker series featuring seedkeeper Jodi Roebuck on bio-diversity, Jenny Oakley on propagating and hanging baskets, Alan Morris on hillside gardening and florist Pip Jones on creating a terrarium.

For more information, visit www.gardenfestnz.co.nz, email enquiries@gardenfestnz.co.nz or phone (06) 759 8412.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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