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Tau­ranga- based Dave Roy ( pic­tured above) worked on The Lord

of the Rings as a set fin­isher and sculp­tor in 1999, and has been a full-time artist ever since. He’s one of 50 artists fea­tured in the Bay of Plenty Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val, where a trail weaves past some 70 gar­dens and 50 galleries through­out the Western Bay of Plenty ( 15-18 Novem­ber).

There’ll be ram­bling ru­ral gar­dens, small plots and plenty in­be­tween, plus a line- up of artists/sculp­tors to bring a flush of spring fever to the Bay. Spend some time off your feet at the fam­i­lyfriendly fes­ti­val hub at Tau­ranga’s His­toric Vil­lage, where the pro­gramme in­cludes key­note speak­ers, en­ter­tain­ment, tasty food and drink, ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops, dis­plays and con­cept gar­dens.

Fur­ther south, the Wairarapa Gar­den Tour sends na­ture lovers on a self- drive tour of beau­ti­ful pri­vate gar­dens ( 10-11 Novem­ber) – and dou­bles as an an­nual fundraiser for con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion work at Pukaha Mount Bruce Na­tional Wildlife Cen­tre.

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